MARION MARTIN, NEW PORT RICHEY
Q: Describe your garden.
Answer: My garden is much smaller than the one we had in Michigan. I live on a golf course and have limited space.
Q: How long have you been gardening?
Answer: I have been gardening for approximately 40 years, mostly in Michigan. I grew up in an apartment, so digging in the dirt at our first house was wonderful and my passion for gardening blossomed from there.
Q: From whom (or what) have you learned the most as a gardener?
Answer: I learned a lot from experienced nursery employees and other gardeners.
Q: What are your go-to plants?
Answer: My go-to plants are my wonderful amaryllis. I have crotons in my shade garden for their color and the grasses for texture. Definitely the potted desert rose on my front porch.
Q: What was your biggest gardening mistake?
Answer: My biggest mistake was not doing my homework before moving here. I lost plants due to unexpected winter temperatures. Gardening is a learning experience, and mistakes will happen. I don’t dwell on them too much.
Q: What are some of the challenges you face in your garden?
Answer: Armadillos are a challenge, also weird grasses that invade the lawn!
Q: What is your best piece of advice for fellow gardeners?
Answer: Plant what makes you happy. Try different plants. Your garden should give you pleasure and brighten your day. If it doesn’t, find another hobby!
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