I was introduced to gardening at an early age. I grew up in a small town in central Maine with five siblings. My parents kept a large vegetable garden in order to feed all of us. My sisters, brother and I were the “farm hands”. We helped with the planting, weeding, picking and in the fall the processing of the bounty for winter meals. We all hated it!
I moved to Boston and attended New England School of Art and Design when I was 18 and couldn’t have been happier. After a few years break from gardening, I slowly returned to it. After I married, my husband and I had many gardens in Long Island NY, Pittsburg PA, Kingston NH and now here in Grantham. I learned that I was more interested in ornamentals than growing food crops. As a result the vegetable garden got smaller and the ornamental gardens expanded.
Now things have come full circle and my siblings and I go back to my parents’ house in Maine and help them with the vegetable and perennial gardens. The big difference these days is that there is a lot less complaining!