Happy new year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are dreaming of many beautiful things to strive towards in 2016.
I have a few things up my sleeve for the upcoming year and while organizing my thoughts I realized how much I don't know about you. When I began this blog two years ago I assumed my audience would be homeowners wanting to learn some garden design tips, but you've surprised me. I hear from not only homeowners, but also professional landscape designers, landscape architects, master gardeners, students and other design professionals. As I create content for this blog, other publications and a future updated online store it would help greatly to know more about you...so may I ask you just one question? If you have a moment, please click below for my very brief, one-question survey:
In the meantime...here are some things I accomplished in 2015:
- Participated in a wonderful class (Laura Simm's Cornerstone) that has helped me become more clear about my role in the garden design world. A role filled with education, illustration and the happy challenge to continually reveal garden design in a fresh way.
- Presented at ten garden events, including the International Master Gardener Conference. It is always a thrill meeting so many of you in person.
- Won a teaching award at my full-time position at Iowa State University. That was definitely a high point.
- Wrote and illustrated the following posts: eleven on theme gardens, eight on landscape graphics, five on garden design, four on planting design, four on the fringe, two on garden event activities, and one on edible gardening.
My most popular posts (because they constantly bounce around on Pinterest):
What do I want to accomplish in 2016?
- Continue to write and illustrate garden design posts that inspire and educate, sometimes in a crafty way.
- Learn more about you, so I can provide better content.
- Focus on writing a book.
- Begin to update my online store so it centers on garden design education.
- Present at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival! Because of the generosity of fellow blogger, Nick McCullough at Thinking Outside the Boxwood, I was able to make this amazing contact and will be there the first weekend of April. Please visit me if you live in Central Florida or happen to be at DisneyWorld those days.
Big thanks to all of you for your inspiration and constantly challenging me to find new ways to teach design concepts and landscape graphics.