On Becoming a Gardner, Part I…

Beautiful summer flowers at the outdoor pool

As most of our readers know, Sterling Ridge has gorgeous gardens in the spring and summer. These beautiful Vermont gardens are works of art that are tended by Sue and Evelyn – Evelyn being the Master Gardener – with every thing from daffodils in the spring to mums come fall. Sue, lets say, is knowledgeable about gardening since she has been tending to the gardens here for at least 20 years, although last year she did pull out some flower she thought was a weed.

This blogger, Jess, however, knows NOTHING about gardening! I have become a sort of work in progress.summer flowers

It started last summer when Sue and Evelyn let me play with the weeds; yeah I got to weed all those trees around The Lodge. Evelyn showed me what was a weed and what was not and a lot of the time it was right before I pulled out an actual flower, oops.

For my first lesson with my two teachers, they have put a garden rake, that I found out are the triangular shaped plastic ones and not the rectangular shaped metal ones, in my hand and sent me out to become a student of gardening.

It is hard work, but very rewarding. I found myself dreading digging, raking and sticking my hands in dirt. By the time I got to the end of the “stone wall project” I was hooked. I still call sedum the broccoli flower but I am on my way.

I am slowly learning what the flowers are. We all, including Eric and Scott, take pride in our grounds here at Sterling Ridge. From the new sugarbush, to the perennials that pop up every year, without a skilled and enthusiastic team, The Ridge would be a bit less colorful.

Blooming now we have tulips, daffodils, hyacinth and lilacs are about to start. What will be popping up next? Check out our next blog installment!


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