About Joene

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.


Back border – June 2010


A border of perennials, annuals and edibles


A perennial bed in late spring


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7 comments for “About Joene

  1. July 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Hi Joene,

    Sorry to leave a this message here, but I couldn’t find an email address for you. I wanted to extend an invite to a Hosta Tweetup we are having on the July 25th. If you are interested please send me an email. We have a great group of garden people, and would love to have you join us!


  2. July 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Hi again Joene,

    Sorry, should have mentioned the Tweetup is in Granby, CT.


  3. pam mcfarland
    August 19, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Hi – curious how your online schooling is going with the Anna Gresham School. I am contemplating enrolling and am looking for someone else that has. Thanks much. Best – Pam

    • joenesgarden
      August 20, 2010 at 10:23 pm

      I’m really enjoying the course. Feel free to email me with any specific questions you have.

  4. August 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm


    UConn Symposium to Discuss Invasive Species in Connecticut

    For more information:
    Donna Ellis, (860) 486-6448, donna.ellis@uconn.edu

    #10061 August 19, 2010
    STORRS, Conn – The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group will present “Challenges and Successes: Working Cooperatively to Manage Invasive Plants”, a one-day symposium at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, on Thursday, October 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    The symposium will address the importance of native habitats, how invasive species harm these habitats, and why cooperative efforts are vital to understanding and managing our natural landscapes.
    All who are interested in invasive plant issues are invited to attend. This symposium seeks to draw together municipal staff (parks and recreation, public works, inland wetlands/conservation commissions), nursery, tree and landscape professionals, educators, students, landscape architects, gardening enthusiasts, state and federal employees, members of conservation organizations and the public into a discussion of the challenges presented by invasive plants and how we can promote native plants by managing invasives.
    The keynote speaker will be Dr. Bernd Blossey of Cornell University. Dr. Blossey’s presentation is titled “The Power of Choice: New Frontiers in Invasive Plant Management and Conservation.” Concurrent afternoon sessions will include the industry perspective – what’s working, early detection & rapid response; invasives management research; invaded forests; Cooperative Weed Management Areas and local success stories. Research posters and other educational exhibits will be featured throughout the day.
    Pesticide recertification credits and a variety of other continuing education credits will be offered.
    Early registration (postmarked by Sept. 18) is $40. The fee is $55 if postmarked after September 18 or for walk-in registrations. Student fee, with ID, is $25. Walk-in registrations only if space is available. The symposium program, registration form, and other information are available on the CIPWG website: http://www.hort.uconn.edu/cipwg
    Please send registration and checks (payable to The University of Connecticut) to: Donna Ellis, University of Connecticut, Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, 1390 Storrs Road, Unit 4163, Storrs, CT 06269-4163. Included in the cost of admission are an information packet, parking, lunch, snacks and beverages.
    For more information, contact Donna Ellis at (860) 486-6448; email donna.ellis@uconn.edu.


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  5. Cheryl
    January 11, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Hi Joene ..I’ve been looking at taking the Anna Gresham course – just wondering how it’s going and what you think of the course – do you recommend it?


  6. joenesgarden
    January 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Cheryl, I highly recommend Anna Gresham’s course for anyone who can self-direct and understands that the course takes a significant time commitment.

    I am not as far along as I would like to be at this point simply because of other work and family issues, but I’m learning a lot and am enjoying the course.

    Thanks for asking and good luck.

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