I met Colleen at the Rochester (NY) flower and garden show when she was speaking there in March 2011. If I had read her book before we met, I would have known an awful lot about her. My, what a childhood she had! The adults in her growing-up years didn’t hesitate to teach her some of life’s lessons, but she had great liberty to roam the land around her house and interact with the natural world. It is fun to trace her interest in plants through her life, until it blossoms into a full-fledged career, just as she’s retiring from her “real” job. On the way of course, we meet the many people who mentored her, or taught her something valuable, at key points in her life.
At the end of every essay, there is a profile of the plant that’s been woven into that particular story. All the information you need to successfully grow the plant is included, as well as “interesting asides” about each plant. If you are a novice gardener, you will be introduced to new plants that you will want to grow, if for no other reason than there are now stories associatated with them in your mind. And if you already know every one of these plants, you will still smile at how it was woven into Colleen’s life, and perhaps remember how that same plant came into your garden, as well.
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