Welcome to my blog!

I have had an interest in gardening since I was 12 years old. I was lucky and grew up on farmland, not that we farmed. My parents encouraged us to try new things and do what most people would consider the impossible.

One day my mother was talking at a gathering and looked over at me and said to the group, ” I always encouraged my children to try new things, think out of the box and be unique individuals…… Maybe I achieved this goal too well.”

I have been a freelance photographer and traveled extensively for many years. My favorite trips were to Stonehenge in England and Inverness in Scotland to search for the Loc Ness monster. We may have had more luck with our search if we had ventured out into the cold 40 degree weather, in June no less, to actually look!

I have had the opportunity to write for the Chautauquan Daily, a daily summer newspaper put out by the Chautauqua Institution in N.W. New York for the last couple of years. Its been an amazing experience with opportunities to interview people who shape our futures.

I have a background in art and right now I am working in collage and paper art and mosiacs. I love finding misplaced objects, some would call junk, and giving them new life. I teach classes, write and just enjoy what each day has to offer.

Photography is still a strong part of my life. It’s another way of expressing my feelings and observing life around me.

One of my most rewarding activities? Raising and training Seeing Eye dogs. Being able to reach out and help another human that you have never met with a dog that gives them a better life is a wonderful feeling.

But no matter where I travel or what I do I have a love for the outdoors and it pulls me back to N.W. Pa., and to gardening.

There is a relaxation in gardening and watching plants grow. It’s a therapy in itself and a learning experience everyday.

Happy Gardening to all! Denise

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