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Heart Strings in the Garden

I was lucky enough to spend a few days earlier this week at the Garden Blogging Conference in Atlanta, GA with some talented garden writers and bloggers. Chatting with my fellow green thumbs, I was struck by the heritage of gardening and the consistency with which we shared, “Well, my mom was a big gardener” or “My father’s family had a farm” or “My grandmother grew the most amazing roses.” It was neat to hear how everyone came to the same hobby, with fond memories and heart strings firmly attached.

transplanting plants

transplanting plants

We’ve grown our backyard garden from just a few special plants – special deliveries traveling in trash bags, fed-ex packages with overnight delivery, and birthday trips to the big box stores. I think that’s what makes this hobby such a heartfelt and emotional one, I could recount a memory or a story with every plant I plant.

transplanting plants

Today, BHG readers, I’d love to hear your stories! Why do you garden? Who are your gardening mentors? Do you have stories and heart strings attached to the plants in your garden? Surely you’ll share a story or two with us? We’d love to hear!

inheriting plants

Photos by Whitney of The Curtis Casa

8 Responses to “ Heart Strings in the Garden ”

  1. It was great meeting you Whitney at the conference! I meeting in person those whom I have only “met” in the virtual garden.

  2. Whitney, I love that you wrote about heartstrings. Gardening truly is about that. So glad we met.~~Dee

  3. It was great to meet you too, Robin! I hope to see you again soon! :)

  4. Dee, it was lovely to meet you! I’ve been thinking about your book a lot the past few days. Looking forward to reading it! Keep in touch :)

  5. I grew up in the midwest but my folks were “city” people so the only thing I can think of was the opportunity to do something with the yard at our first house and how that was such a kick! Now that we are retired, I can’t get enough of gardening and landscaping, unless it is deathly hot. My mentors are people such as you who teach me so much! Thanks!

  6. These heart strings increase the green in the garden and thus, add beauty to it. With different colored plants or flowers around these plants look even more beautiful. I have a couple or two in my garden as well. And I am thinking of increasing the numbers now with inspiration from this post of yours. Thanks :)

  7. Since I happen to know that one of your favorite flowers is the Virginia Bluebell, you may be interested in knowing that every single Virginia Bluebell in the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden came about because my mother-in-law gave my mother a ‘shovel-full’ many years ago. Stowe’s crew was given my mothers plants that she had cared by collecting their seeds and making root divisions for nearly 40 years. After taking possession of these beauties, Stowe’s horticultural experts followed suit but did the same in their greenhouses for 3 years before planting throughout their expansive wildflower garden. This is only one example of what can happen with pass-along plants. Share the beauty!

  8. We really enjoy your blog and get lots of ideas from you. Wish I could have gone to the conference and met you….

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