The Guardian’s Gardening Blog doesn’t have anything on gardening author Rebecca Rollins Palumbo, because Rebecca can be just as chatty when it comes to talking about A Year In The Garden as thrifty gardener Kim Stoddart can be when discussing the need to fix her spade, which Kim did in her May 30 column.
And while Stoddart is across the pond living and breathing her garden, Palumbo is hunkered down in Illinois, where she–along with her husband Tony, as well as their two dogs, two adult children and one lone fish–lives and gardens.
Rebecca loves gardening so much that she took it upon herself to chronicle her time in the garden for a complete year, doing it visually with her photography skills and putting her thoughts and experiences on paper as well, since she used to write a gardening column for the Chicago Tribune.
The Atlanta Top News Examiner sought to find out why the advertising and marketing expert was so engrossed in gardening that she would spend a year chronicling her own, and the master gardener had this to say when she did.
Every day there are gifts around us; in the bloom of a flower, in the struggle of an ant colony, in the small kindness from a husband, from the insightful comment or two from a child. It’s true–just open your eyes and notice, appreciate. Life will give you gifts every single day.”
And Rebecca Rollins Palumbo feels that gardening gifts aren’t just the beautiful flowers produced in your garden, as those gifts can also be the conversations held with loved ones while in the garden working or relaxing.
Her one-year gardening memoir runs the gamut from her opening lines about the first smell of spring and the blooming of her daffodils to her frustrations with those “Damn Rabbits” (which her mother paid her a dollar for not harming at one point).
Rebecca captured breathtaking moments in the garden visually with her camera, adding depth to a text that seeks to bring gardening lovers across the country right into her backyard.
The master gardener’s new book is part humor, part mystery, part lecture and completely engaging to the reader seeking to learn what it is like being in someone else’s backyard gardening.
And for those hoping to learn what happened to those “damn rabbits” in Rebecca’s garden, you’ll just have to pick up a copy of her book yourself, as this writer doesn’t dare give away the ending to that story.
Copyright 2013 Radell Smith