WE’RE ALL WIN­NERS!

Country Gardens - - Editor’s Note - Su­san Ap­pleget Hurst EDI­TOR

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!

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