Back from the Garden Writers symposium

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Image of official highway sign that says Yes, I’m back from Austin and Oklahoma, busy catching up on my life and thinking about all the people I met, gardens I visited, and things I learned. I received a lot of favorable comments about my presentation and even a few requests to help people for hire–blog coaching.

But I really think my fellow presenter David Perry stole the show. He covered the most important aspect of blogging (no editor or client limiting what you can say) with a humorous selection of his own posts. He had the audience in the palm of his hand. Check out his blog, and if you really want to be blown away, check out his professional site as well.

You’ll be hearing about the symposium for a long time to come. I’m still digesting those seven extraordinary days. I’m glad to be back!

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About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Kathy Purdy October 12, 2007, 12:07 pm

Thank you for the warm welcome back. The handout is available at Blogging Art and Practice for GWA members and non-members alike. And I was told by a maker of greenhouse glazing that Shane’s book was the industry standard, so check it out if you’re in a greenhouse frame of mind.

layanee October 10, 2007, 2:33 pm

Kathy: I have so enjoyed your blog as well as David Perry’s. His photos have no equal and his text is always eloquent. I think it may have been a great confluence of consciousness! Wish I had been a fly on the wall so to speak!

Robin (Bumblebee) October 6, 2007, 6:08 am

Hi Kathy,

I can hardly wait to hear the next chapter in your blogging career and all about the conference.

Welcome back!

Robin (Bumblebee)

Susan Harris October 5, 2007, 11:27 am

Kathy Jentz told you were you fabulous!~ She also urged me to read your excellent h and-out, which she said might be on the GWA website. Any info on that?

Mr. McGregor's Daughter October 5, 2007, 8:18 am

I wish I could have been there to hear the symposium. You’ll have to fill us in.

David Perry October 5, 2007, 1:12 am


You are such a treat. I felt really honored to be a part of the blog panel with you, Mary Ann and Debra. Truly, I feel like such a nube to all of this, and you and Mary Ann are such pioneers. Thank you for your kind words and for so generously sharing your wealth of understanding and goodwill. I’m so pleased to know you personally now.

Dee October 4, 2007, 4:51 pm

Kathy, I thought your presentation was fabulous. You really got down to the nuts and bolts of how to create a blog, and made me feel as if I, too, could do it. I’ve been doing research on different providers, and I’m going to start working on mine next week. I’ll let you know when it is launched. You were an inspiration, and Dave’s talk was too.

Thank you. I rated it as one of the best talks of the conference.


Callie Works-Leary October 4, 2007, 12:50 pm

Hi Kathy! It was great meeting a fellow garden blogger! Your talk really inspired me to revamp the site, so be prepared to see your influence in action soon at

Happy Horticulture!

Callie Works-Leary

Shane Smith October 4, 2007, 11:08 am

Kathy, It was great meeting you. Your talk was wonderful and I learned a lot. Now I’m thinking about a blog on my site about greenhouse gardening
Let’s keep in touch.
Shane Smith

Curtis October 4, 2007, 9:43 am

Welcome back Kathy! Sounds like you had a blast and learned a lot. I am looking forward to reading more about your adventure.

debra October 4, 2007, 7:42 am

Hello Kathy ~ you are a big hero of mine! It was an unforgettable experience meeting you in person and learning more about that gifted, dear, funny, incredibly brilliant woman behind Cold Climate Gardening. In your quiet, but powerful voice, you have pushed each of us, creatively and professionally. You have arrived!

Carol October 3, 2007, 9:32 pm

Welcome back, looking forward to hearing more about your great adventure!