Spring into Action

By on Feb 24, 2012 in Gardening Tribute |

If you are going to try cross-country start with a small country. I love that phrase because it applies to both running and gardening, two activities I enjoy. It’s actually well “rooted” and well “footed” advice for those getting started. I believe when you take up running you slowly but surely develop a love for it as you increase distances and improve your time. Suddenly that day comes when you find yourself addicted to finding time to go for a run. The same applies to gardening. After a long winter I find some people decide to go all out on gardening and landscaping biting off more than they can chew. When the summer heat and weeds arrive their passion wanes. Approaching both passions in bite size pieces you learn as you “grow” and understand your rewards come from approaching it as a marathon and not a sprint. Spring is a wonderful season....

Tribute to Ralph Snodsmith

By on Apr 20, 2010 in Gardening Tribute |

I remember Mother’s day weekend in 1993. It was the first time I rolled up to a microphone to do a call-in gardening radio show. I did that first show with my friends Hank Prins and Phil Tower at WOOD radio in Grand Rapids. 17 years have flown by or shall we say 884 weekends of gardening talk radio. In June of 1996, my friend Hank Prins suddenly died from a brain tumor and everything changed. I remember at that point I had to make a decision whether to continue to do the show or throw in the “trowel”. I remember being sad, frustrated, in denial, experiencing numerous emotions at one time. I decided to continue on with the Flowerland show and I am glad that I did. My senses were heightened and the link between people, plants and the art of conversation grew more and more evident to me. We are connected as people and rooted in an appreciation of creation, life and our...