I recall hot summer days out at my grandparents’ farm. My mom grew up on this farm after moving from another in Manitoba. Grandma had a huge garden; at least it seemed so to a child. It went on and on and on. Potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, beans, peas, and the list continues. She was an avid gardener and a vegetable plot was a necessity for a family of eleven children. I respect the garden thanks to her.
Lois Hole, garden mentor to many, started the family business with her husband back in the 60’s. They had a farm, raised their children on it, grew vegetables and sold them from their barn. Lois discovered that selling a few flowering plants too was well received and it grew from there. Today their two sons, Jim and Bill, run the family business. It is a large and well-respected greenhouse/nursery located in St. Albert, Alberta. They have created a masterpiece from meager beginnings and continue to grow as they lead the industry with environmental practices. I find the books I refer to most often are those written by Lois Hole. She wrote from experience and her love of plants and people is evident in her books.
I love to garden. (Does it show?) Stress and worries ease as I am on my hands and knees with fresh cool earth under the palms of my hands. It is a release and a love. I practice it, read about it, photograph and write about it. Thanks to these amazing individuals, especially my own mother, I learn and grow with my garden and the desire to do so increases over the years.
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