I religiously fail in the garden. And my hope is that by sharing my flubs with PRG readers, wise folks will benefit from my mishaps or at least find my debacles entertaining.
So imagine how incredibly flattered Miss Perpetual Garden Wrong is to be invited to meet Mr. Perennial Garden Right.
P. Allen Smith, one of the most influential garden communicators today, is hosting a retreat for 20 some garden bloggers at his lovely Garden Home in Little Rock, Arkansas in April. And yes, I am included. It’s called Garden2Blog.
In case you live under a garden gnome and don’t know him, P. Allen Smith is host of a long-running PBS gardening show and a syndicated gardening show, frequent contributor to the Today Show, author of a slew of successful gardening books, award-winning garden designer and Certified Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society.
Me? I have a shovel.
Something we do have in common is our compassion for chickens. Impressively, Smith founded the Heritage Poultry Conservancy in 2009. This organization works to preserve and support threatened breeds of domestic poultry.
Smith is opening his home to garden bloggers for some brainstorming and fun.
“I’m looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Garden Home Retreat and getting to know individuals in the online gardening community,” said Smith, “It’s such a creative and knowledgeable group coming to visit. I can’t wait to see what shakes out of our time together.”
Knowledgeable? He must not have meant me… Creative? I might qualify there.
I like to grow new plants, try new gardening approaches, and I like to continually cultivate my own personal gardening style. Constant learning keeps gardening fresh.
Seriously, I expect to learn a lot during my time at the Garden Home Retreat and I hope I can share just a little something with Allen and his staff. Garden2Blog is a wonderfully innovative concept.
All self-deprecating aside, my point with PRG is to demystify gardening. Smith has spent his life creating beautiful gardens and sharing information so others can be successful gardeners on their own. For both of us, it’s about spreading gardening passion and making it accessible.
One does not have to possess special powers, know secret spells, or sport a flowered, superhero cape to have great fun and success – if not perfection – in the garden.