I’ve gardened in south-central Connecticut (zone 6) for more than 30 years, following in the steps of my grandmother, who tended vegetables and flowers whenever a plot of land was available to her nimble fingers, and my grandfather who tended densely packed perennial and bulb gardens.
I’m a hands-on gardener growing perennial and annual flowers, edibles, and herbs. I continuously design, plant and maintain the many garden beds and borders surrounding the home I share with my husband. With the help of my husband, I operate Gardens & Turf, a small garden design and consultation business.Gardens & Turf provides garden design services, garden coaching to help homeowners properly care for their property, garden maintenance to current customers and lawn mowing for homeowners in the lower Connecticut River Valley region.
After many years writing medical news while gardening in every other spare moment, I took the leap into full-time gardening. This blog chronicles my experiences as a gardener and garden designer. I share my successes and my mistakes, my visits to public and private gardens as well as garden-related research, plant and garden-related news, book reviews, and seasonal events and information for garden and plant lovers … basically anything of interest and important to Zone 6 and Connecticut-based gardeners.
I’ve cultivated my gardening skills through trial and error, Master Gardener and Advanced Master Gardener certifications and multiple other gardening classes and symposiums. I refurbished a decades-old overgrown home landscape, then started anew on property cleared out of a hardwood forest. I continue to absorb information from hundreds of gardening books, magazines, and websites, even more trial and error and tons of sweat-equity. There is always something to learn about gardening and landscaping.
In 2011, I earned certification as an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP). I maintain this accreditation through annual continuing education classes. In 2013 I earned my Landscape Design certification from the Anna Gresham School of Landscape Design.