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Expanding Horizons; Garden Bloggers I Read

This is an example of the beautiful garden scenes that are found at Garden Canadensis.Although I regularly read over 50 gardening blogs and websites, only a handful of them are featured in the Sites I Visit section, in the middle right column on this page. Out of respect for my readers, I list only those titles that contribute substantively to the theme of my own blog - designing beautiful perennial flower gardens. I do not intend to infer that unmentioned blogs are less worthy. On the contrary, I take time, every day, to read so many of them because there is always so much to learn. However, posting all of them just doesn't seem like the right thing to do.   Here are five additions to my list:

Eileen of Gatsby's Gardens writes an erudite blog. She shares my passion for beautiful flowering plants, and the photos of her garden indicate that we both aim for the same high standards of garden design. Eileen is quite modest about her superb photographic skills yet that is one of two reasons why I am drawn to her blog. The other reason is the quality of her writing. Eileen is a great communicator and an absolute pleasure to read.

Do not be put off by the long title of Conrad Art Glass and Gardens. Leslie is a very talented person, who creates custom order Tiffany-style glass products; but that is not why you should visit. He is an artist whose canvas is a vast flowering garden that he designed, tends to, and captures on camera in spectacular images. No other blogger is able to match his skill at digitally invoking that essence of a garden that induces ecstasy.

Helen writes at Toronto Gardens. Her archives are rich with photographs of beautiful, private gardens that she has visited and I admire her generosity for highlighting them in her blog. Helen is a talented communicator who distills topics into concise phrases, making her informative postings easy and quick to read. Most of all, I am impressed by her candor and determination. The fact that she probably knows more about gardening than most other people has not deterred her from expanding her horizons by taking classes in garden design. Sometimes she will share part of that experience with us.

Deborah, of Green Theatre, designs and works on the gardens surrounding her weekend home. In spite of her impressive, formal training, she is comfortable inviting readers to post their opinions about her gardening work-in-progress, and in soliciting readers’ advice about her projects. That is the sign of a truly wise gardener - one who is always eager to learn from others. It is also an effective way of drawing us in to her hospitable world. Like all of my other favorite garden writers, Deborah is a gifted communicator whose blogs are enjoyable to read.

Garden Canadensis is not a blog but a photographic essay about the owner’s garden. It is a labor of love for both the author and the reader. Plan to linger a while because this site, while difficult to navigate, may be compared to a spiritual journey into beauty.

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Reader Comments (4)

Allan, Thank you for introducing me to some sites I didn't know about. I'm looking forward to visiting them.

March 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJean

I look forward to checking out the links you have given here. I know some and they all have fabulous blogs! I found yours at blotanical... though I have visited before this is my first comment. It is always inspiring to try to expand our horizons... blogging has certainly done that for all of us. I look forward to exploring your blog more. ;>)

March 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarolflowerhill


Thank you for your most generous comments! I will certainly check out your other recommendations.


March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

Gee, Allan, I owe you very belated thanks for your kind words. I've been rather out of the garden blog loop this year due to a couple of extra challenges -- just keeping it together enough to post on my own blog, but without the time to do much more than rustle up 140 characters from time to time on Twitter. I miss the regular reading on Blotanical, but I'm three weeks away from (I hope) completing my landscape design certificate; then a little freedom to mingle. Cheers to you, and happy gardening.

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelen at Toronto Gardens

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