What great responses to the question…thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts. Gardening for me is a mix of so many pleasures. The creative pleasure of planning a space and seeing the living canvas grow; the pleasure of nurturing something so fragile as a seedling and seeing it develop into a mature plant; the pleasure of escape from the daily stress of life; the pleasure of feeling and smelling good, healthy dirt in my hands; the pleasure of sharing my gardens with others – allowing them to cut some flowers for their own home or sharing the late summer bounty of vegetables.
As I was growing up I hated gardening. I was knighted as the head ‘weed puller’ and it was a task I didn’t enjoy. Gardening almost seemed like a punishment of some sort. At that young age I could think of a million other things I wanted to do! In the early 90’s, I was inspired to try again and I did all I could to learn more and more about being a successful gardener. Now, I can’t imagine NOT gardening. It’s just a part of me.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.