For those of us in northern climes, just thinking about gardening provides hope. As I write this blog it is snowing in Montana! So, we will venture to a few sunny spots to be inspired.

In honor of National Garden Month, we have interviewed a couple of avid gardeners. Here is what they have to say about gardening.

Carlie Short (member of the Carmel-by-the-Sea Garden Club): “The garden club provides incredible opportunities to interact with other gardeners.” Coming up on May 13th and 14th is a Garden Club of America major flower show – “California on the Cutting Edge – Visions 2011.” Five clubs are presenting: Carmel-by-the-Sea Garden Club, Hillsboro Garden Club, Orinda Garden Club, Piedmont Garden Club, Woodside-Atherton Garden Club. The show is from 10 – 4 at Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea. (More details on the website). The speaker line up is phenomenal and the public can participate in this incredible event.

“These flowers shows help us educate the public on gardening, and what is new in flower arranging.” Carlie says that this quote represents what Carmel-by-the-Sea Garden Club means to her and her gardening peers, “The soil gives us much more than flowers that are beautiful to look at, or fruits and vegetable that are good to eat. It gives us hope, courage, patience and quiet joy. It anchors us to something solid, fundamental and timeless.”

“I have enjoyed being a member of the Carmel-by-the-Sea Garden Club since 1994. Most beneficial has been the association with people who share my interests, not just in Carmel, but throughout the U.S. at zone and annual meetings. My entire gardening experience, shared with many lovely ladies, has been inspirational and good for my soul.”

Here are two of Carlie’s grandkids in her garden on a rainy spring day!

Helene Daniels (owner of Helene Daniels Landscape Design in Salinas, CA): “Gardening is my connection with the universe. I honor the healing aspect of having ones hand and feet in the dirt. It has actually been proven that handling dirt is very grounding and therapeutic. I find in my landscaping work that people look to their gardens for a place of peace, solace and a safe harbor

“The potager, kitchen garden, is a very special place to share with my grandchildren where we can pick strawberries, and peas and lots of blueberries and pears and apples.” Two-year-old Della says her favorite is “the blueberries.”  Della helps with the digging and watering when she is not swinging on her special garden swing.

We would love to hear your thoughts on gardening, what it does for you, the environment, your children or grandchildren, your community, your soul…