Friday, April 1, 2022

This Month in the Garden: A Shared Love of Gardening-My Life as a Gardener & Books

This Month in the Garden
I have been a gardener all my life. As a matter of fact, I have been gardening since the age of five. Having grown up next door to an avid gardener, each day I would venture across the street, and the lady next door (who is like a second mom to me) would take me on a tour of her beautiful flower garden. One day upon my return home, I asked my mother to buy me some pots and seeds. She saw that I had an appreciation for growing things, and that is where the story begins. I had acquired an immediate interest for all things green, and that interest continued to grow all the way into adulthood. Pots of marigolds grown from seed developed into planting trees with my dad and creating gardens on our own property with my mom. As I got older, I gained a greater appreciation for horticulture and eventually became a landscape designer and consultant, a business which I have been involved in for over 25 years.

With clients and friends always asking me questions about gardening, in 2010 I decided to start this blog, A Guide to Northeastern Gardening so that I could share my gardening experiences and help others with information on frequently searched topics. The love of writing and sharing my passion with others seemed to be the start of something new. After five years of writing about gardening, and with clients and friends suggesting I write a book, I started to put my thoughts on paper and my first publication materialized. Writing is a true passion and each of my books are written from the heart, each sharing my knowledge and passion of horticulture.

A Guide to Northeastern Gardening is a comprehensive guide of valuable information on plants hardy in a range of zones from 3-9, with gardening techniques backed up by my personal experiences as a landscape designer. Learn about landscape design principles, butterfly gardening, deer resistant plants, long blooming perennials, globe and weeping evergreens, flowering trees and shrubs, native plantings, shade gardening and more. Additional topics include The Four Seasons of Gardening, Proper Planting Techniques and Garden Maintenance Tips, along with answers to frequently asked questions. Whether you are a novice or experienced gardener, A Guide to Northeastern Gardening will help you to create and maintain your own dream garden. Come along on a journey into the world of gardening!

Landscape Design Combinations provides the necessary tools to help you easily plan your garden, while offering a multitude of design plans with labeled photographs and detailed descriptions. Topics such as landscape design principles, color in design, the use of foliage, designing with deciduous and evergreen plants, planter combinations and landscape planning are discussed. Additional topics include designing with hardscape, with “quick and easy” landscape designs, and garden styles throughout history, accompanied by colorful illustrations. The information is presented in a way that is applicable to either the novice, experienced or professional gardener. If you are looking to plan your own dream garden with combinations that work, then let Landscape Design Combinations be your guide!

Dream,Garden, Grow, is a collection of musings as I share memories of childhood and how I grew to become a lifetime gardener. Packed with stories about life, gardening, medicinal uses of plants, garden folklore, seasonal interest, sustainable and indoor gardening, you’ll laugh and learn as you explore what makes a gardening addict and the meaning behind mysterious gnomes and garden fairies. While exploring, also learn about moon gardens, witty garden jargon and tried and true gardening tips. Whether you are a gardener or not, have a “green thumb” or “brown”, these stories will not only entertain and amuse but will teach you inspiring gardening pointers along the way.

Have you ever wondered if you could have interest in the garden twelve months a year? The answer is a definitive yes! Through years of experience as a landscape designer, I have accumulated a list of plants which are hardy in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions that will provide ongoing interest for your outdoor space. Gardening by Month: A Monthly Guide to Planning the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic Garden will take you on a journey through each month of the year, while providing that perfect mix of gardening interest along the way. Colorful photographs with descriptions of each plant according to bloom time, foliage color or other notable characteristics will allow you to enjoy your outdoor space during every season. Additionally, environmental needs, plant care and maintenance tips are provided for each selection with any other important information. Finally, gardening tips and a summary of gardening chores are provided for each month. Are you ready for a twelve-month interest garden? Then come along and plan away!

I hope you enjoyed This Month in the Garden. I am hoping you enjoyed my story and perhaps my books can help to inspire you, a colleague, family member or friend. Be sure to stop by on the 1st. and 15th. of each month as I continue to share gardening tips, information and horticultural adventures!

As Always...Happy Gardening! 😊

Author: Lee @A Guide to Northeastern Gardening,© Copyright 2010-2022. All rights reserved. 


  1. This is my favorite season as everything comes alive. I hope you have a beautiful spring.

    1. Thank you Carol and you too! Enjoy this beautiful time of the year as the garden finally awakens.

  2. I didn't realize you had written four books! Congratulations on a life full of garden accomplishments.

    1. Thank you Robin! It makes me happy to know the information I am sharing can help gardeners, whether they be novice or experienced. It is a lifetime passion.

  3. I'm waiting for life to come into my garden too, Lee. I am sure that your books help many gardeners manage their landscapes and plants.
    May peaceful days come soon.

    1. Thank you Nadezda and yes...happy spring and may peaceful days come soon.


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