So who IS this guy? Clearly a REAL GARDENER who can also WRITE, often with humor and sometimes with passion. And always with the goal of imparting "a practical sort of knowledge that makes
gardening easier and more pleasant. It also makes it far more
enjoyable. Mastering the steps is what turns the clumsy stumble into a
dance." And he’s obviously a dancer.
Tom’s official bio reveals a degree in Professional Horticulture from the NY Botanical Garden, 10 years as a professional gardener working on large projects, followed by a transition to gardening journalism, books, lectures, and so on. And like our own Michele, he juggles two New England gardens, one in the city and one in the country.
But I knew he was a soulmate when I read his July 19 post. In it he describes the NY Botanical Garden’s program of eliminating all non-natives from its forest as an "ideologically driven purge that’s only impoverished it." And this: "I await the day when the botanical garden puts away its herbicides and saws and lets Nature, as expressed in the five boroughs, again take its course." Whoa – someone in authority who speaks up for land use decisions based on reality, not ideology? I bet he feels the same way about ideologically driven foreign policy, but we won’t go there, will we?
So House and Garden – kudos for your outstanding choice of garden writers. And Tom – can I call you Tom? – welcome to the growing ranks of gardenbloggers; we need more writers and thinkers like yourself.
Now here’s a suggestion or two (could you see them coming?) First, it’s great that your blog has enabled comments but I couldn’t find a one, and it’s not because your posts don’t warrant them. It’s because we don’t know you exist, so give us a shout! Read garden blogs (at least this one), comment, and leave your URL. That way readers will discover you and start leaving comments and the fun will begin. And on a minor point, how about using categories? Your substantive, browse-worthy articles would be a lot easier to find if they were categorized, so pass that suggestion on to the webmasters at H&G.Posted by Susan Harris on November 23, 2006 at 4:22 am, in the category Everybody's a Critic, Unusually Clever People.