I hope that at least a few readers of the Northern Gardener magazine have noticed that I no longer write the Garden Basics column. I started writing the column in 2003 and decided to hang it up at the end of last year. There were a lot of reasons why I decided to quit the column and I am happy to say that I have not regretted resigning once since then–especially since I handed it off to accomplished garden writer Meleah Maynard. I met Meleah when she did an article for Midwest Home on my butterfly gardens and after getting to know her and her work, I knew she would do a great job and bring a fresh prospective to the Garden Basics column.
I will still be writing at least one or two feature articles every year for Northern Gardener magazine, but the good news is that I now have more time to actually blog on my Northern Gardening blog. I can’t promise that I will write every day, but I will make the effort to post whenever I think of something that I would love to share with other gardeners.
For instance: One of the biggest perks of not having a deadline always hanging over my head this past winter was that I had plenty of time to work on the Colvill Discovery Garden website. My son-in-law Dan who has his own web design business helped me with the website design and I added lots of photos of the 2009 gardens and a page that has the history of Colvill Park where the DG is located. It’s fun reading especially since the heroes of the piece are members of the Colvill Park Assn., a stubborn group of ladies that banded together to found the park in 1908.
So look for many more future posts from me and check out the new improved Discovery Garden website. If you like what you see I hope you will visit the real DG gardens this summer and maybe even become a Colvill Discovery Garden Fan on Facebook where you can share your DG photos, comments and suggestions.