I am a long time gardening enthusiast, passionate about sharing my love and knowledge of plants with anyone who will listen. The "BLG" began as a much needed escape from the full-time effort of managing my Search Engine Marketing firm. After many years, I am now fortunate to be able to focus more time on gardening and helping others. I find the physical and mental challenges of gardening to be a necessary component of maintaining sanity in this crazy world.
My childhood summers in suburban Ohio included helping tend to my father's vast selection of heirloom roses and sneaking onto the garage roof to gorge on the offerings of our neighbor's sweet and sour cherry trees. Seasons were book-ended by the buttercup yellow of naturalized daffodils in the spring lawn to golden canopies of sugar maples in the fall. It was here that I grew to love just being outside, enjoying all that nature had to offer, and digging in the dirt. To this day, neat manicures are not my specialty.
While largely self-taught through trial and error over many years on the same property, I also completed the NH Master Garden Program in 2008. In 2016, I had the pleasure of attending a Master Class in Garden Design at the amazing Chanticleer garden in Philadelphia, where our UK instructor, Annie Guilfoye, encouraged us to take risks, think big and be bold!
As a member of the Board of Trustees for Symphony New Hampshire it was great fun to have my garden featured in the both the 2016 and 2018 SNH Garden Tours!
From April through November, you can usually find me deep within one of my perennial gardens, primping the hundreds of specimens and coaxing the plants to "be the best that you can be!". I welcome visitors who would like to get ideas for their own gardens, or to just share notes about their favorite plants for the southern New Hampshire climate.