06 July 2011
Heartfelt thanks to EVERYONE who came out (well, almost)
There was plenty to see, from the drifts of perennials like 'Lola' astrantia,
Of COURSE she has! I don't set this up to be some perfect planting. This is my garden, and I do it the way I like it, which is different from what others may do. I figure that all gardens are awesome provided they are loved. And as long as people take joy from gardening, and aren't discouraged, that is all that matters to me. That's part of the reason I opened my garden, along with raising funds for the scholarship--to show people what's possible, and that a garden doesn't need to be perfect to be happy and healthy.
The young couple, both recovering from cancer treatments, who told me they were encouraged by my blog and articles when they were unable to garden? THEY made me cry, and encouraged ME in so many ways. I felt so hugely honoured to have them visit.
Carol Goodwin, good friend and NSAC professor, who was here for Friday and Saturday all day, helping with questions;
Rob Baldwin of Baldwin's Nurseries, who provided plants to give away and/or sell as part of the event, as well as providing many awesome plants for my gardens over the years;
Tony Coakley of Borealis Horticultural in Avonport (no website yet), who brought his team and his considerable talents to help prepare for visitors;
Seaboost Joe of Seaboost Products, who donated two cases of liquid Seaboost to sell as part of the fundraiser;
My book publisher, Nimbus of Halifax, who helped out with preparing for this event and who are such great people to work with;
LongSuffering Spouse, who tormented me about losing my voice but helped in countless ways all weekend, as he always does;
All the visitors, even those who didn't donate or who thought it was a yard sale...we hope you enjoyed a little glimpse of blooming happiness, and that it encouraged fellow gardeners;
and of course, our late friend Captain Steele, who was a mentor to so many, and continues to be so even though he's gone.