My choice for March's Gardener of the Month is Charles Gardner, and his wife Helene, though she is not a gardener. How can that be you say? Let me explain.
Okay, really, Charles is the Gardener of the Month due to his passion and enthusiasm for gardening, Helene has to be in here because of what she does with his flowers.
I have known Helene since last summer when we were introduced to each other through our respective garden clubs. I have visited Helene quite a few times discussing garden club business. Helene is a flower judge and quite a flower designer. She does not grow any of the flowers she arranges which is a little odd for an award winning flower designer (in my view). But! Helene doesn't have to grow her own flowers because she has a personal gardener. Not just any gardener either-her husband Charles is her gardener!
When I last visited Helene with the intent of discussing garden club business, Charles came into the kitchen to talk to me. I had briefly met Charles on my prior visits, but we never really talked. It seems he has read this blog and realized I REALLY like to garden (and to talk about it). Charles is quite the gardener and very passionate about it. He is so passionate he signed up the the mini master gardener classes that began this week. He LOVES to talk about gardening. After about 45 minutes of talking, while Helene patiently waited out our conversation (maybe tapping her foot a bit), I realized he was a really good gardener who not only knows his stuff, but LOVES gardening. I asked him if he found any errors on my blog. He said no, and I shyly told him I have made at least one. He didn't know what it was so I am not telling either! For all you experienced gardeners out there, it has something to do with Dirr and crepes.
Charles has personally planted 42 trees on their property in Savannah Lakes, handbuilt stone walls around some spectacular perennial beds, installed a complete backyard full of great looking fescue lawn (the front was sodded by the builder), mulched all of the beds, installed an irrigation system for their patio plants, has an herb, vegetable, and ornamental beds, and maintains all of his gardens on his own! Did I mention his age? No-I don't guess I will, but he is an older gentleman who still gets the job done in the job done in the garden.
Charles gardens attract ALL sorts of birds and butterflies. You may recall his wife Helene sent me some bird information, along with a lovely picture of a cedar waxwing. Having the wide range of flowers attracts these interesting birds and I can tell you from personally seeing the garden, it is beautiful! Colorful, neat, interesting and well put together.
Charles told me his neighbor asked him who maintains his gardens and does he have a gardener? Charles replied, "Helene has a gardener-me! I maintain all of the gardens!" His enthusiasm just was refreshing and I really enjoyed talking to Charles about gardening. I gave him a few suggestions for some shrubs for screening (silverberry or photina-no arborvitae), and he gave me a few suggestions about dogs and fences (dogs make paths around fences-destroy the garden!). We had a good time talking. And oh yeah, Helene and I did get the garden club business completed. Thanks Helene for being so patient!
I want to thank both of the Gardners for their time and it was my pleasure visiting their home and talking to each of them as they truly complement one another, he is the gardener, and she is the flower designer and flower judge. That is why they are my choice for March's Gardener of the Month.
in the garden....