Today's photos are from Emily Schmidt, who says, "My gardens here at Schmidt Family Farm in Charlton, New York, were started in 1951 by my husband's grandparents, Clifford and Gertrude Schmidt. My husband, Matt, and I had the opportunity to continue the family farm here beginning in 2000. Since Gertrude and Clifford were in their 80s at that time, many of the gardens needed some restoring and attention. But the foundation was there and I was able to keep many of the original plants going. Today I still cherish the oriental poppies, peonies, bearded irises, some roses, daylilies, hostas, and more that are now what I consider family heirlooms. Matt and I were fortunate to have our garden wedding here in 2003. Matt's sister Rachel and her husband were married here in 2005 in the gardens. Now, Marshall and Cadee, our two children, are growing up immersed in the gardens and tradition. (Of course they especially like to pick the flowers!) I sell my "Extra Petals" on a roadside wagon in the spring, which has proven to be a fantastic way to keep me on task for divisions, which in turn keeps the plants happy." Emily, your family must be so happy that you've restored the garden and carried on the tradition. It's charming, beautiful, welcoming, and happy. Love! ***More photos from Emily, and a little about her background and interest in gardening, tomorrow!***
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Come and meet up at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show this year!
I'm scheduled to give another GPOD talk (A few of you will be getting emails in the next two weeks as I put together the slideshow…), and a number of people have emailed to say that they'll be at the show, and that they'd love to meet up with a bunch of fellow GPODers!
The RSVPs so far:
Glenda Curdy (Nurserynotnordstrom)
Jeanne Cronce (Greengenes)
Chris Niblack (ChrisSeattle)
Kielian DeWitt (Annek)
Linda Skyler (Meelianthus)
So…who else is going to be there?? Let us all know in the comments, and we can start planning an outing! Perhaps after-dinner drinks one night at the bar at the Sheraton? I'll repeat this announcement for the next week or so, at least, and keep a running list of who's coming….enticement for even more people to come. Oh, and when you comment to say you'll be there, give us your real name so that I can plan name tags that include both that and your screen name…
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