The weird and wonderful ways of the world flowed into Gardenkeeping’s garden this last week. I was contacted by the arts editor of the Port Townsend Leader, Chris McDaniels. He asked about setting up a time to interview me for a profile article. I initially couldn’t figure out if it was going to be about my blog or my gardening business. He had been given my name by a client of mine, Suzzanne Stangel. She is a sculptor who lives here in Port Townsend and is engaged with the arts community. I should also mention that she is a very sweet person! I’ve worked for quite a few artists over the years and, with Port Townsend being a small town, many of them know and are supportive of each other. When I started blogging I was surprised by how supportive and encouraging these women were of me! The day of the interview I was working in Anne’s garden. I had started extra early that day (sooo much trimming to do!) so that I could take a break to meet with Chris. I was really anxious but, Anne, who’s art and garden is famous, said it would be fine and that there’s usually some miscommunication but, that it didn’t matter. For some reason those words really did the trick!
My blog is mainly an outlet for me to be in my own garden space, something to make it feel different from work. I do occasionally include a story about a client. One story that was touched upon in the article was about one of my favorite clients who always made my days at her garden interesting. I wrote about it in this post Seeing Red? Definitely one of my favorites!
When the interview was over, Chris said that with the fourth of July coming up he wasn’t sure if the article would make it into this week’s paper or next.
I was secretly hoping for next week but, this morning I looked at the paper and there it was, The Plant Whisperer! I had to laugh! One of the first things he had asked me was if I talked to plants. Of course I said yes; they are my constant companions. That’s when he said, “Oh, you’re like a plant whisperer.” and my response was something like, “Oh yeah, totally!” So now I fully expect I’ll be called that when I’m out and about. I was kind of hoping to be known as the Gardenkeeper though…
This has been fun to have my blog and garden maintenance business in the spotlight. Here’s a link to the article! The Plant Whisperer
And now it’s time for the sun to turn its spotlight on my garden…take it away!!