WE’RE ALL WINNERS!
Gardeners, that is. Not in the sense that we’ll all get shiny trophies in the mail. But in the sense that we have found an avocation that connects us with the rhythms of our planet and lets us make creative use of our brains, bodies, and senses throughout our lives.
I know from your letters that you prize the experiences and results of your gardening endeavors whether you have won awards for your gardens or not. When we sit down in early winter to sift through the hundreds of Country Gardens¨ Awards entries, it’s apparent over and over again that gardening is part of the story of your lives, and that many of you enter the contest just hoping to share your garden with others.
Our annual fall issue is the one I look forward to most because I love the experience of helping a handful of you reach other readers in the most satisfying way possible—short of visiting one another’s gardens in person. In this issue, you’ll enjoy Barbara Stiehl’s flower-filled garden in New Jersey, the result of combing seed catalogs in winter and sprouting hundreds of plants in her greenhouse. The Texas garden of Eva Templeton will inspire you to use her art techniques that make a small space seem larger, and this 96-year-old gardener will remind you that gardening is good for body and soul. You’ll also see a generous slice of Dale Sievert’s unusual shade garden in Wisconsin. Dale’s skill as a gardener is remarkable, and his landscape is large and varied, but his approach to growing a beautiful garden in shade with mosses is fascinating.
Celebrate these readers’ successes with us!