My Grass Roots
As far back as I can remember, I have had a passion for gardening and basically anything to do with nature. As a child, I loved spending time out in the garden observing how plants grow, how they set their flower buds, and how the fruit would seem to miraculously start to form. I always wondered how a plant knew what it needed to do and when to do it. Even the insects in the garden captured my attention, especially the cool looking tomato hornworms. Chores like tilling the soil and weeding were enjoyable tasks for me – just don’t tell my Mom. I wanted to soak up all that nature had to teach me.
After high school, it seemed like a natural fit for me to continue my education by taking a 2 year Horticultural Technician course at Niagara College in St. Catharines. Who knew that studying plants would mean minoring in Latin? Here, the world of plants was opened up for me and my love for gardening really ‘grew’ (pun intended). I finally started to learn some of the answers to the many questions I had as a child.
For the past 25 years I have been employed at Mori Gardens in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON as a Garden Designer and Consultant. I have been privileged over the years to have completed over two thousand landscape designs of all sizes, for both commercial and residential properties. I love talking with customers about their gardens and helping them to make their dream gardens become a “growing” reality. I still get excited when someone brings in a diseased plant sample for me to diagnose or when they carry in a glass jar that contains some strange bug for me to examine and then educate them on possible solutions to their problems. I also have many opportunities to teach seminars and workshops on various gardening topics which I enjoy greatly. I love to see both experienced and novice gardeners get excited about plants and start to see the possibilities that lie undiscovered in their own yards.
In my spare time, you can catch me out in the garden, trying to conquer bind weed – unsuccessfully so far, but there is always next year. I also love to be in the great outdoors, capturing the beauty of nature on my camera and hope to be sharing some of these photos with you through this website.
It is these years of garden knowledge and experience and my love for nature that I would like to share with you through my blog. I will be writing about various garden topics, providing “how-to” instructions, monthly chore lists, and diagnosing different insect and disease problems that you may be encountering in your garden, and sharing some design tips. It is my hope that you, in return, will feel free to reply with any gardening questions that you might have or provide tips that you may have for other gardeners. I am looking forward to helping you with your future gardening endeavors.
“My green thumb only came as a result of the mistakes I made
while learning to see things from a plant’s point of view.” H. Fred Dale