I’ve always loved spending time outside, whether its camping, hiking, digging in the dirt to make way for flowers or vegetables or just relaxing in my Biergarten. When I was growing up, my mom spent tons of time in the yard. Over the years, my mom’s garden changed and evolved. She would try new perennials or move a few plants around that didn’t seem to be working in the spot they were in. We had a pretty small yard but she found ways to make it seem big with all the beautiful flowers she planted. She definitely sparked a passion in me for flowers and landscaping!
When I was in college, I worked part time at a local garden center. I worked with a small team that grew annuals for two store locations. It was a lot of work and there were days when I would drag myself home, completely exhausted. For as much as work as it was, I still look back at my time there and smile. I think about all the things I learned and how much I kind of miss working in that environment. I actually enjoyed scrubbing the dirt from under my nails after a long day in the greenhouse.
I remember my Opa’s garden, too. He had an awesome yard! He planted tons of vegetables and he had lots of fruit trees. He always had fresh tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, carrots, cabbage, you name it – he grew it! There is just something about fresh tomatoes that remind me of him. I have fond memories of my Opa’s garden and his delicious vegetables. He has definitely inspired me as well. Maybe someday I’ll be half as good of a gardener as he was.
And my Opa had big fat thumbs, just like me.