A big part of the fun of gardening is getting to know your fellow gardening peeps. This past year, I got to get up close and personal with great gardener Heidi Heiland of Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens of Plymouth, MN. My profile of Heidi and her gardening lab and studio — which also happens to be her gorgeous zen home — is featured in the May/June issue of Northern Gardener magazine.
You can check out the article online at the moment. The Minnesota State Horticultural Society is making Northern Gardener magazine available online for free for the first half of 2013. If you garden in colder climates, this is THE magazine for you. Check it out and get a membership or subscription.
Back to Heidi. Spending time with Ms. Heiland taught me how a great garden cannot be separated from the gardener who tends it — the two are inseparable. We’ve all visited a garden that is perfect, pristine, stunning even, but after a few minutes, we’re ready to move on. These are gardens, I believe, that lack the personal stamp of the gardener.
Give me a garden where you can just feel and sense the gardener’s hand. This was Heidi’s garden and also represents all my favorite spaces. By the way, Heidi’s yard in pristine, stunning, and personal! Here are a few more impressions I picked up while spending time in the world of Heidi: