About This Site

by Kathy Purdy · 17 comments

About Kathy Purdy

Kathy Purdy, owner and publisher of Cold Climate Gardening

Kathy Purdy, owner and publisher of Cold Climate Gardening

I’ve written for several national gardening magazines and spoke at the first Garden Bloggers Spring Fling. As a veteran blogger I participated in a panel discussion at the 2007 Garden Writers Association symposium in Oklahoma City, and I offer blog coaching and consulting services.

About this Site

I don’t care to reinvent the wheel. I’d rather learn from other people’s mistakes. I don’t want to waste any more of my time and money than I have to. And I’d much, much rather do it right the first time. That’s why, when we moved to our current rural home, I read everything I could on gardening in a cold climate, which I knew I was gardening in, having lived through my first winter where it hit, or should I say, dropped to, 30 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.

Only problem was, more than fourteen years ago, there wasn’t much to read on the subject. I only found tidbits of information here and there, and I collected them assiduously. Things have improved since then; there are some good books on cold climate gardening now, and thanks to the internet, information in general is a lot more accessible.

That’s why I started this website: to share everything I know about cold climate gardening. Now, I’m no expert, and I will freely admit that much of the information presented here is stuff I’ve merely read somewhere else. I haven’t necessarily tried it, or grown it, myself. And the truth of the matter is, what works in one cold climate isn’t guaranteed to work in another cold climate, so even if I have tried it, and it has worked for me, it still might not work for you. And vice versa.

But at least you won’t have to reinvent the wheel.

A garden is half-made when it is well planned. The best gardener is the one who does the most gardening by the winter fire.
Liberty Hyde Bailey

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Fig Tree September 15, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Just moved to Seattle from Los Angeles- much different climate! Thanks for your blog, and would love for you to look at my website and tell me what you think :)


Madison Perry March 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Kathy, I love reading your posts. I have a question for you, but I can’t seem to find your contact information. Will you please contact me via e-mail at your convenience. Thank you in advance!


Stephen Harris March 21, 2009 at 11:22 am

Kathy, I work for a new wholesale native nursery located near Ithaca. We grow woody plants in containers. We are actively trying to expand our grow list of plants native to NY from wild collected seed. We want to add to our list underutilized plants – particularly (e.g. cornus rugosa) for LAs and Ecologists who develop mitigation plans and get locked into a plant pallette that could be much larger if the plants are available and the right outreach and education is done. Is this something we could talk about? Where are you located. Sincerely, Stephen Harris


Judy Paolini March 2, 2009 at 11:40 am

Hello Kathy:

As a resident of Maine I am always happy when I find another source of good information on cold climate gardening. With family and friends in upstate NY, I know our challenges are similar. I recently published a book on gardens all over New England (but mostly the northern half) that were designed, planted and tended by accomplished living artists. It’s called “The Inspired Garden: Twenty-Four Artists Share Their Vision” and in researching it I was continually amazed at what can be accomplished in the few shorts months of summer – and in spite of the long, frigid winters. I will encourage the artists, and all my gardening cohorts, to visit and participate in your wonderful site!

Thank you,
Judy Paolini


dana frigerio January 3, 2009 at 11:59 am

Hello my name is Dana Frigerio
I created a blog of “garden design” where the theme is to find in Internet all the news related to the field as gardening.
If you come to visit my blog I would be very pleased.
Best regards

about the cold weather visiting the blog of my friend Norwegian http://hlbakkensvidereverdigheter.blogspot.com/


Philip December 9, 2008 at 9:43 pm

Hi Kathy, I have been blogging in central Texas since early this year, and have suscribed to this site for most of that time. Anyhow, I just wanted to introduce myself and my blog to you, in hope of you including me in your extensive directory! :)
Would this be possible?
My Regards,


Justin November 25, 2008 at 5:53 pm

My name is Justin and i run a website that sells a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and other plant material online. I am interested in a partnership with your blog, either on a sponsorship level or by creating a ad banner. We could also sponsor a article that either you could write or i could write for you. Of course you would be paid for this sponsorship, this is negotiable based on the type of advertising done on your blog. If you are interested please feel free to email me back or you can call me directly at 704-644-4484. I look forward to working with you in the future.

Much appreciated,
Justin French


jasmine September 13, 2008 at 9:47 pm

I have brought Japanes maples in pots with me from Vancouver, I thought I would overwinter them in the garage, does anyone here grow them or know much about them in this climate, they are zone 5-6


Roger Peter September 4, 2008 at 10:59 am

Just wanted to find out if you are open to selling ads on your blog. If yes, please get in touch with me to discuss this further. I don’t want to use that wp plugin and would like to deal directly. I could not find an email on your site which is why I am using this form. Please feel free to delete this comment.


Thom Roach August 15, 2008 at 4:50 pm


I wanted to let your readers know about our herloom bulb sale now through Sept 1. The information is all online at http://www.goreplace.org/bulb-sale.htm. All proceeds benefit our museum’s farm program.

Thank you!
Thom Roach


Kathy Purdy August 7, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Hi, Shirley–
I think they say you should consider a plant in a container being one or two zones colder than the plants growing in the ground. With that kind of rule of thumb, I think you would not be able to grow wisteria, even native wisteria. But you might be able to grow some species clematis. Try the forums aimed at northern gardening at GardenWeb, and also the forum at northscaping.com. The forum at awaytogarden.com is not specifically for northern climates, but have the type of passionate gardener who would try to grow clematis in pots in Vermont.


Shirley August 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Where could I find hardiness info on planting wisteria or clematis in pots on a second floor deck in southwest VT? It would be great climbing on the pergola but is it an effort in futility?


Roger August 6, 2008 at 12:42 am

I did not find an email address on the site, which is why I am using this contact form. I would be interested in knowing if you are open to selling advertising on this blog. Please get in touch with me if yes. Please feel free to delete this message.


Leslie Wright May 20, 2008 at 9:59 am

Cold climate gardening really hits home this week…snow in mid May.
I just wanted to send out a heads up that this cool weather is good news for the lilacs at Shelburne Museum. We have 400 lilacs in 90 varieties. Last weekend we celebrated Lilac and Gardening Sunday to record crowds. This cool weather is holding our peak blooms and saving them for another spectacular weekend. Come see us!


Dan February 6, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Hi I am originally from central NY and I am currently a gardener at the Washington National Cathedral in DC and I’m looking to come back home but I’m having a tough time finding jobs. Can you help me?


Laura Taylor de Palomino September 24, 2007 at 8:20 pm

Dear Kathy – I tried sending an e-mailt to you at “thepurdys@purdyville.com” but I got an error message. I’d love to get in touch with you again – with the right e-mail address!

Laura Taylor de Palomino
An “old” friend and housemate from SUNY Binghamton


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