Addressing COVID-19 as a Gardening Community

I didn’t want it to be like this. For years I have wished for more time at home to tend to my garden. I have that now, but all I really wanted was a day off from work here and a canceled soccer game there. A pandemic was not what I was asking for.

But here we are, staying at home for the foreseeable future. Two bright spots I can see: Staying home doesn’t mean staying indoors, and gardening lifts the spirit. Depending on where you live, spring is either here or rapidly approaching. It is the time of year when our gardens are renewing themselves, and we gardeners connect with that vitality. We can use it right now.

Even though we are separate, we are in this together. And Fine Gardening is here for you. We are curating special collections designed to help us get through our quarantines while improving our gardens at the same time. We are continuing to record our fun and informative podcast, “Let’s Argue About Plants,” and we are looking at new ways to continue to deliver the quality content you need.

We don’t know how long this situation will last or what it will bring. But there are things we can do. Stay home. Care for one another. Be kind. And tend our gardens.

—Steve Aitken
Editor, Fine Gardening


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    user-7472762 03/25/2020

    Thank you Steve! I live on Vancouver Island, zone 7 -8. Just came in for lunch, 2/3 finished on a flower/shrub bed revamp and found your missive. Made me feel good and yes very happy to be part of a community of like minded individuals. At the end of all this we are all going to have the best looking gardens we’ve ever had. Stay calm and keep on gardening. April Johnston

    1. SteveA 03/31/2020

      Hi April, I would love to get to Vancouver Island some day. And I hope it is true about the best looking gardens. My whining about not having any time isn't going to cut it as an excuse anymore.

  2. mrsdog 03/31/2020

    Nurseries are among the few places we can visit these days - which is great b/c here in the Willamette Valley we have a lot of nurseries! I'd like to suggest that you make "All Access" available to - well - ALL right now. I'm starting from scratch to relandscape a quarter acre and I'm looking up info on lots of plants. More from your site would be so useful, and I bet you'd get more subscribers after this is over.

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