Okay, I’ve been away from my blog post for several weeks – blame the holidays and family commitments – but I’m back and I have not been idle!
In early December I had the good fortune to interview Tom Smarr, the chief of horticulture for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in Boston. He’s a smart and talented guy who really knows how to plant, tend and grow all types of flowers and shrubs and trees and more. I was totally impressed. Later this week, you’ll get to read more about him on this blog. He shares some gardening wisdom and great flower recommendations based on the sun level – full, partial or barely any. That is soooo helpful when planting! And he knew all the latin names of the plants. During the interview, I just smile politely when he spoke these names and then went running for my gardening books…
Speaking of gardening books, Tom recommended two books for novice/intermediate gardeners like me… They are:
The Well-Tended Perennial Garden” by Tracy DiSabato-Aust ($34.95)
Small Garden by John Brookes ($22.95)
Just bought them both at Barnes and Noble. They look great. Lots of pictures! I’ll let you know if I use them or if they collect dust on the shelf…. More to come!!
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