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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.