Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My Garden Story


As many of you may know, my garden story did not begin until I was an adult. It is a story that involves a continued disdain (though mutual understanding) for bugs, an obsession that allows me to garden by moonlight without embarrassment, tries my patience when my tiny backyard crops fail, and restores my faith with wintertime amnesia while I dream of the following spring's garden. It is also published in the current issue of Washington Gardener magazine. The story of how things came to be in the Greenish Thumb garden is written for the magazine's regular column "My Garden Story" and is a deeply personal essay about how gardening has affected (positively you will find!) my very difficult relationship with my father. If you would like to read this essay, get yourself an issue of Washington Gardener. You'll read great articles about important garden topics for every gardener as well as information about events and locales specific to the Washington, DC area. They're selling like hotcakes at the Barnes and Noble down the street (then again, I bought myself a couple of copies!). If you're not in the area, see this Washington Gardener blog post for info on how you can get yourself this much coveted mag. I'd love your feedback!

16 comments:

  1. Major congrats, Wendy!!! Being a west coaster, I've not familiar with this magazine but I'm definitely going to look it up.

    Wintertime amnesia, so true!

    Profoundish Thoughts--perfect for the Greenish Thumb. Love it.

    My upbringing was full of trauma. The garden has been such a healing respite.

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  2. Oh, this is so cool! Congratulations! :-)

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  3. Congratulations! It must be so lovely to share your gardening experiences for all to read.
    I doubt I can get this magazine in my place but will surely look out for it.

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  4. I'm sure gonna check it out. Wow ...

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  5. I will definitely have to check it out. That is very cool! :)

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  6. Wow! I would have bought a few copies also :-D Later if there is a online version, do inform ok. I would love to read the article. Continue doing what you are good at - writing!

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  7. Wendy,
    I always knew you'd be famous...

    Congratulations. How do I find a copy if live in Colorado?
    I really want to read this article, esp. since it's about you.
    Rosey

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  8. Grace - I'm sorry to hear about your childhood being full of trauma. Gardening is healing in so many ways, isn't it?

    Julie, James, Steph, Amy, Rosie, Blossom - thank you guys so much. You're all so sweet and supportive! This mag is available at bookstore around me. Here's a quote from the Wash. Gard. blog...

    The Winter 2009-10 issue of Washington Gardener Magazine is now out and has been mailed to subscribers. It should be hitting the local stores shortly as well (Borders, Barnes & Noble, Politics & Prose, etc.) You can buy the individual from us by sending a check for $4.99 to Washington Gardener, 826 Philadelphia Ave., Silver Spring MD 20910 or subscribe for the full year for $20 and we'll start you off with the Winter issue. You can also subscribe online via PayPal using this link.
    http://www.washingtongardener.com/index_files/subscribe.htm

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  9. Wendy, you are a very good writer. I'm sure it will be an excellent read. Congratulations on your great achievement! Wow, I can imagine how wonderful it is to have your work published in a magazine. Tha't's really nice.

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  10. Hi Wendy, I would love to read your article. I will try to buy it and get them to post or email it. I am very interested in how gardening affects us and our relationships. It is certainly my therapy and meditation zone. cheers, catmint

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  11. Wendy, is it the winter issue/

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  12. How very exciting for you! I will try to check it out if I can find it. It must be great to find your article in a major magazine. Good for you.

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  13. Thanks Teresa and Autumn Belle!

    Catmint - i'm sorry this comment slipped by me and I didn't get back to it. Yes, it's the winter issue. Gardening had definitely changed my relationship with my father - or at least my perception of it. I love how when you meet someone who is a gardener, there is an instant connection. It's an amazing thing.

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  14. Congratulations on your published article...it sounds like it would be a wonderful read. It's always fascinating to learn how individual gardeners developed their passion. :) Your blog is lovely -- I'll be back!

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  15. Hi Wendy, with those topics you discussed i am sure you are an efficient and effective teacher. However, i am really wondering why those boys chose that name for their group! Did you ask them why? BTW, i love that photo with the wasps' eggs.

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  16. Hi Wendy, with those topics you discussed i am sure you are an efficient and effective teacher. However, i am really wondering why those boys chose that name for their group! Did you ask them why? BTW, i love that photo with the wasps' eggs.

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