I had a question from Marilyn, one of our gardeners here at Horizon House. Her question was:
“Have you considered giving us your thoughts on what “gardening” means for you irrespective of you physical contact with plants, soil, and digging.”
That’s interesting. No longer do I get my fingers in the dirt (or very rarely). So, how can I consider myself a “gardener”?
Once I became a Master Gardener, I immediately began to help folks less knowledgeable than I, with their gardening questions. At that time I was still gardening A LOT! But, I manned a gardening Hot Line. It was fun and I learned a ton more that way. I looked up MANY questions, because I just didn’t know the answers. I have learned that I will NEVER know enough! Not only that, it changes!
I wrote a monthly gardening column in the Wethersfield Post, in Connecticut where we lived at the time. When we moved to New Hampshire, in 1992, I started writing a gardening blog and have been doing that ever since.
I began to teach gardening courses for ILEAD (Institute for Lifelong Education At Dartmouth) in New Hampshire. (ILEAD has now joined OSHER.)
Finally, I wrote a book entitled: “A Year in My New England Garden”. It is for gardeners everywhere. It has a gardening calendar, as well as fun gardening vignettes, that I accumulated over all those years of blogging and gardening.
So, I would have to say that my gardening is now a venture in helping gardeners everywhere. Here at Horizon House, I have taken on the responsibility of Chair of the Gardening Committee, which has it’s challenges, but I truly enjoy…because I am still helping gardeners!
I hope that answered your question Marilyn!