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Early memories of gardening: My grandfather was a farmer and I have very early memories of helping him dig potatoes, pulling radishes and eating them in the garden, and marveling at the Egyptian walking onions. I have vivid memories of finding wild mushrooms in the spring, picking wild gooseberries and blackberries in the summer and gathering hickory nuts in the fall. I have always loved the out-of-doors and getting my hands dirty. For as long as I can remember, I have loved to grow plants.
Why did you join: I moved to NW Arkansas in 1994 after living most of my life in central Iowa. I went from rich, black, loam to rocks and very little soil. So, my primary motive was to learn to grow in this region. My secondary motive was a love of sharing what I grew and sharing what I knew.
What have you gained as a member: I love to garden and sharing what I have learned as a Master Gardener is very satisfying. It is a wonderful way to connect with other people who have the same interests. And it is a great way to meet people outside our group who have an interest in growing plants by giving presentations to groups and organizations.
Why would you recommend joining a MG Club: It is a way to learn more about gardening – and I am continually learning something. I would recommend it for what I have gained as a member as stated above.
Personal information: For years, my gardening dream was to have a greenhouse. My husband and I built my first greenhouse in 2004. I currently have a 14 x 24 greenhouse. I am an organic gardener and have been since the mid-70s. I have a fascination with heirloom plants. I began growing heirlooms in 1996 and enjoy tasting the many varieties of tomatoes. I also love to grow native plants. I am a seed saver and I collect seed from both my heirloom and native plants. I love to read about gardening and have a fairly extensive library. I also like to write about gardening.