Three weeks ago Mr. McGregor's Daughter asked why gardeners should read garden blogs as part of her preparation for our individual presentations and group discussion at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show March 7th. Also speaking at the show will be MrBrown Thumb and Gina from My Skinny Garden. I thought it was an excellent idea to ask her question to her readers, and planned to borrow the idea here.
We all speak in unique voices, and I'd like to include yours in my presentation. I hope by sharing my perspectives I'll inspire you to share yours too, whether some of your reasons are different from or similar to mine.
One thing I've learned about gardening in all these years is there will always be more to learn, and blogging is a learning experience all its own. Having the opportunity to visit gardens around the world and getting to know the gardeners who care for them is truly a unique opportunity. Blogging has motivated me in my own garden as I've been inspired by yours.
Blogging has inspired me to visit public gardens I hadn't seen since childhood and others I'd never seen. I've even met other garden bloggers for a couple of those visits. Although I didn't attend the first Spring Fling last year in Austin, I'm in the thick of this year's Fling in Chicago. I'm enjoying the challenge and privilege of being a part of the planning, and getting better acquainted with with my fellow committee members.
It seems natural to throw this question out to you who have become friends and virtual neighbors, and are so valued to me for enriching my perspectives and broadening my views, not to mention sharing your wonderful gardens in photos and words, and sharing all kinds of neat plants, hints, tips, advice, support, and inspiration. So, experienced gardeners, Why do YOU blog? (If you can include in your comment how many years you've gardened and how many months or years you've been blogging, I'd be most grateful!)
p.s. Wish me luck! I'll need it!
p.p.s. Speaking of garden bloggers around the world, Blossom Blooms from Malaysia enjoyed these photos from last season and invited me to swap a link to her "Show Your Garden" post. In case you're wondering, the first shot is from my garden last July, and the second is from the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago last March.