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Here’s to New Beginnings

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Hello fellow readers,

For those of you that tuned in last week, the spring ‘honey do list’ went without a glitch; beyond expectation in terms of all that matters. And my dear Curt was a wonderful sport with the ribbing. Truly, I didn’t expect him to gather the remaining dead heads (sounds grizzly) – the still standing seed heads for those that may not know. I’m a jokester, as I suspect you may have noticed after all these weeks. This is our 199th chat together, can you believe? I’m grateful that The Press invites me to be part of their mission of nurturing our sense of community. And thankful for all of you that ask questions, offer advice, and share happiness or challenges (beyond the garden). We’re learning from each other and that’s what life is about. I look forward to continuing our journey of growing with Mother Earth.

Mary Stone, Garden Dilemmas, Ask Mary Stone,Gardening tips, Garden Blogs, Stone Associates Landscape Design, Garden Blog,Northern New Jersey Landscape Designer,Springfest Garden Show

A St. Patty’s Day Attendee
dressed up for the occasion!

As I write, its day-two of the Springfest Garden Show and today is our lecture on Plant Companions given in conjunction with my colleague and dear friend Marty Carson. This column will be published after the show. Based on yesterday’s warm welcomes, I know I’ll see many of your encouraging, smiling faces at our talk. Thank you for your support!

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My Colleague Marty Carson (red hair) of Three Seasons greeting Springfest guests

One of the greatest joys of the show is meeting all the folks that walk through. Some in wheelchairs or walkers. One lady yesterday reminded me of my Mom who would love to be here if she could. Sporting a denim shirt and garden clogs, the beautiful elderly lady’s face lit up when her daughter parked her in front of the garden to take photos. I’ll bet she was an avid gardener in her day.

Young children walk through with their scavenger hunt worksheets looking for things in the garden. And after their rounds, they come back carrying seedlings planted while here. I wonder if they realize the significance of their seedlings. They too will grow up absorbing the nutrients of the love received and experiences they’ve been introduced to. Then typically recreate the way of life they learn with their families, as they journey through adult life. Hence, why parenting and nurturing our youth is the most important role. It’s wonderful to see children being introduced to how things grow.

Mary Stone, Garden Dilemmas, Ask Mary Stone,Gardening tips, Garden Blogs, Stone Associates Landscape Design, Garden Blog,Northern New Jersey Landscape Designer,Springfest Garden Show

Three Seasons garden display I was privileged to be a part of.

Spring is officially here and we look forward to the new beginning. The significance of the rebirth. The glory of a new season, a new day.  Happy Easter to all! Garden dilemmas? askmarystone@gmail.com

Mary Stone, Garden Dilemmas, Ask Mary Stone,Gardening tips, Garden Blogs, Stone Associates Landscape Design, Garden Blog,Northern New Jersey Landscape Designer,Springfest Garden Show

 

Mary Stone, owner of Stone Associates Landscape Design & Consulting. As a Landscape Designer, I am grateful for the joy of helping others beautify their surroundings which often leads to sharing encouragement and life experiences. These relationships inspired my weekly column published in THE PRESS, 'Garden Dilemmas? Ask Mary', began in 2012. I dream of growing the evolving community of readers into an interactive forum to share encouragement and support in Garden and Personal Recoveries - seeking nature’s inspirations, stimulating growth, weeding undesirables, embracing the unexpected. Thank you for visiting! Mary

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