Speaking in Manchester, Vermont

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Hello, dear readers! I’ll be speaking on Creating A Cabin Fever Bed this Wednesday, September 16th for the Manchester Garden Club at the Manchester Community Library at 1 pm. Would love to see you there!

If winter starts too early and spring doesn’t come soon enough, if you find yourself pacing indoors and gazing out the window, hoping to see something other than snow, you need to design a garden to view from that window! Tips, techniques, and plants to extend the viewing season, if not the gardening season, in a long winter climate.

Join me as I explain how to develop a Cabin Fever Bed, a part of your yard designed to help combat the winter blues. The only guaranteed cure for cabin fever is the arrival of spring, but there’s a lot you can do to alleviate the symptoms.

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.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Kathy Sturr of the Violet Fern September 14, 2015, 9:54 am

I remember when you posted this! Now you are sharing with others in VT! Congratulations. I know you will knock their gardening clogs off! I love my new “winter garden” in Florida – just saying. I hope to visit some more new spaces this year. Also look forward to seeing the progress of your cabin fever garden!

Charlie@Seattle Trekker September 13, 2015, 5:52 pm

Such a brilliant idea, such a wonderful answer to our dread that winter will stay way to long.

Marie September 12, 2015, 2:27 pm

What a splendid idea. In fact I think that is what I have been doing in recent years by trying to extend the flowering season.

Kathy Purdy September 12, 2015, 4:36 pm

You’re right, Marie, that’s an essential part of combating cabin fever, and I profile many plants to extend the season at both ends.