Dan Callahan's story about how a plant awakened his passion for gardening is beautiful! What plant did it for you?
"I have been in my house for 20 years (Cincinnati, Ohio). My love of gardenIng was awakened about 15 yrs ago I guess when I decided to plant some hostas in a shaded area. That awakening turned into a passion which resulted in a career change. I have now been employed full-time in the nursery industry for almost 12 yrs. My garden has been a labor of love and learning.
My lot is a little over 1/3 of an acre and the neighbors have allowed me a little overlap. I've been very blessed with a relatively small but multi-leveled lot. I feel it has provided me so much more opportunity & dimension than with a flat lot of the same size. When I moved in there had been some grading work done and some native woodland trees were here and some landscaping which I have replaced. But I have added pretty much everything else. I think I counted 16 trees that I've planted but I haven't bothered to count the shrubs or perennials. One of my favorite garden quotes is 'It is only to the gardener that time is a friend, giving each year more than he steals'."
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