Who is The Garden Maiden?

I’m a gardener by heart, a horticulturist by profession, with two green thumbs and a lot of bad luck in the garden. Garden Motto: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

I have gardened in Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Florida, Oklahoma and Mississippi.
Currently residing in AHS Plant Heat Zone 9 and USDA 2012 Plant Hardiness Zone 8b, on the edge of 9a.

Straight Talk:

  • University of Arkansas Bachelor of Science in Landscape Design and Urban Horticulture (BSA)
  • University of Arkansas Master of Science in Horticulture (MS)
  • ASHS Certified Professional Horticulturist
  • ISA Certified Arborist SO-7200A
  • Garden Writer since 2006
  • Member of ASHS, AHS, Garden Writer’s Association, Gamma Sigma Delta
  • Completed the Landscape for Life trainer program spring 2013
  • Undergraduate summer internship: Memphis Botanic Garden

Plant-related interests:

  • organic gardening
  • sustainable landscapes
  • composting
  • native plants
  • wildlife gardening
  • beach ecosystems
  • rain gardens
  • heirloom plants
  • saving seed
  • traditional plant breeding
  • cocktail gardening
  • garden design for entertainment

A few casual details:

I am an organic gardener in nearly every way I possibly can be since the late 80’s.

I never have enough time in my own garden, which I often find more of an embarrassment or rather a scientific study in what can and will go wrong in the garden or landscape.

Pumpkins are my favorite crop and I have been growing them since I was a wee thing.

My feet are frequently dirty and calloused from romping barefoot outdoors.

Minor details: 

I am into southern gardens, mystery, macabre, garden cocktails,  and two of my favorite cities are New Orleans and Savannah. I garden around and with my miniature dachshunds.

I’m an Arkansas Razorback woooooo pig soooooieeeeee! Go Hawgs.

Any gardening I do is on a strict budget! I try to recycle, reduce and reuse wherever I can. I am not an engineer, nor do I have endless pots of money to purchase the latest and greatest gadgets, equipment and supplies for my garden. My garden will never win a prize, but I love it just the same.

All images and text copyright The Garden Maiden, 2021


2 thoughts on “Who?

  1. Jennifer Kirkpatrick

    So excited to see your new site! You are a wonderful writer. I can’t wait to see more…and to get plants in the ground!


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