Margot Rochester was a mentor and friend to not only me, but also hundreds of gardeners around the country. Her talks were well attended and loved. She traveled nationally to speak about the joy a garden can bring. Her writing was just like her speaking; she was a friend giving advice and admonishment, always with a twinkle in her eye and good humor in her voice.
Margot’s books bring her back to us with her practical gardening tips wrapped up in her witty and droll writing style. She speaks to all gardeners when she says, “Forget the rules and follow your vision…” “Work no harder than absolutely necessary,” both from Earthly Delights: Gardening by the Seasons the Easy Way. Margot left her beloved garden a little over a year ago. She didn’t live to see her second book, Down to Earth: Practical Thoughts for Passionate Gardeners, published. Curl up and savor both of these books. Listen to Margot, “Perennials I treasure are considerably more heat-tolerant than the gardener,” and “I abide by that revered gardening maxim: Too much is not nearly enough.”
By Kate Karam for Monrovia,
Photographs courtesy of Monrovia
Early fall is the ideal time to take stock of various garden spaces and see what's lacking. Maybe your shade gardens are rocking the color early in the season, but by late August, the show's pretty much over. Don't settle for sleepy spaces that you're just tempted to ignore as you walk the garden. Plant some of these fall-blooming beauties for color right through the season.
Join fellow garden lovers, history buffs and music enthusiasts to discover the quaint towns and colorful gardens of Holland and Belgium in May of 2018.
This exciting journey will be hosted by nationally known host Eric Johnson, of Public Television's blockbuster show GardenSmart. Your river cruise begins in Amsterdam where you'll see works by Rembrandt and Van Gogh, Anne Frank's House, and see the city's most famous gardens. Then spend a full morning on the grounds of the most beautiful spring garden in the world-Keukenhof! Visit the picturesque Belgian towns of Bruges and Ghent as well as Kinderdijk, with the Netherlands' iconic collection of 19 authentic windmills that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, history buffs will experience a captivating tour of the WWI trenches of Flanders and WWII Arnhem Battlefield of A Bridge Too Far fame. You won't want to miss this extraordinary garden adventure to Holland and Belgium.
Book by November 15, 2017 and save up to $1200 dollars per person!
To register call:
Alki Tours at 800-895-2554
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