Neighbors out for a walk

Andy and I were taking a short, brisk walk on a cold winter’s day, and we by chance ran into our friends, and neighbors, Pat and Susan, and their sweet dog, Tillie. Here’s what Susan shared from our encounter…

“Andy is a dog whisperer–Tillie sat, lay down, shook her paw, and handed out kisses. If we had stayed longer–she might have sung a song….”

Andy, Susan, and Tillie

Andy, Susan, and Tillie

Gardening for Good’s “Why I love the Northside” video

The Northside Planning Council announced a video contest in the Northside News…to create a video saying why we love to live, work, and play on Madison’s Northside. Laura and Martha urged us on to create Gardening for Good’s version of why we love the Northside, so we accepted the invitation. With some help editing expertise from Michael O’Rourke at SFX Films, we were able to enter our video into the contest.

At the Northside Planning Council’s 20th Anniversary party, it was announced that Gardening for Good’s video was the winner!! We won many lovely prizes from generous Northside businesses, and spread them around to all G4G participants.
It was a fabulous honor to be selected!

Gardening for Good 2013, 11th night


In the heart of this cold winter’s night, I treated myself to a trip down memory lane by viewing last summer’s Harvest Potluck and Drumming Celebration’s vibrant photos. I love all of the color and the huge smiles. It is clear that people’s lives are enhanced by being connected through our love of gardening.

Special thanks goes out to Gene from Canella Culinary for sharing his gastronomic talents with us, and making the potluck run smoothly!

Also, special thanks to Deenah from Ruah Drumming, for helping lead us in our collective drumming session. You bring in the magic!

And biggest thanks of all to the Gardening for Good participants of 2013! Once again, this gathering of gardeners has helped us to experience the true sense of what it means to be a neighbor, to care about each other, and share our deepest kindness.

As my farmer friend Harold and I always used to say, it’s going to be different next year…indeed it will be!!

Best of…a selection of photos

Gardening for Good 2013, 10th night


Our evening started out with our festive celebration of JoJo’s birthday. The picture that was on the cake was a image from a couple weeks back of JoJo making a flower bouquet! Cute! And Yummy!!! I think all of us kind of settled in to visiting mode following the cake and ice cream, and our chores took a hiatus while we celebrated heartily with our friend, JoJo. We also got a chance to sing Happy Birthday to Ken, too, as his birthday is tomorrow!

Tonight in our mini-workshop, The Gardenstory Salon III, we decided we were going to turn our faces to the light, and focus our attention on the incredible good fortune that has come to us this summer by writing thank you cards. The supported gardeners expressed their gratitude to all of our mini-workshop hosts from this season, and let them know how much we truly appreciate the incredible generosity bestowed on us by them sharing their creative gifts. We are truly grateful.

It was extras special that the cards we used for our thank-yous were created by JoJo. Thanks for your contributions, JoJo!!

Gardening for Good 2013, 9th night


The garden is GROWING! We had to really hunker down and get some good work done tonight. Harvesting, watering, staking, redirecting, and general loving attention. I can see that our beautiful garden responds well to this kind of positive regard.

John and Sue were our chefs extraordinaire this evening for our mini-workshop, pico de gallo and pesto making. John has a special nack with a pico de gallo, and gave all of us a fresh full bodied taste of our first tomatoes of the season. Sue’s pesto was perfection, capturing the spicy richness of the basil balanced with all the other tasty ingredients.

It was a delightful evening filled with bounty from the garden, friends that are dear to our hearts, and delicious foods that satisfy the body and soul.