Garden Tours

Frogs at Clare Johnson's in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Frogs at Clare Johnson’s pond (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

I am the president of a small (approx 600 member) garden club that encompasses towns in Connecticut and New York.  Our organization, the Mad Gardeners (, is similar to many other gardening groups in our passion for beautiful landscapes and desire to protect our environment.  What sets us apart is our dedication to sharing; each year dozens of members open their private gardens to other members.  I can tell you first hand that this is a wonderful opportunity to get to know other members and to be inspired by what they have done to enhance their individual properties.  And that is a word I love, inspired, which is exactly what I feel every time I visit another garden. [Read more…]

Paying it Forward

A Restful Retreat in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A Restful Retreat (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

As a passionate gardener and nature lover, I can tell you firsthand how important it is to share and inspire others to be responsible caretakers of the land.  And you don’t have to go far to find ways to encourage and stimulate interest in our environment.  We can inspire others by the actions of tending and beautifying our own property.  We can invite friends and neighbors to visit our gardens and share ideas and encouragement.  We can join a garden club and help to create a community garden, or offer educational events with hands-on classes.  No matter the enormity of what we do; rather that we do something with the desire to improve upon the present situation in some way.  [Read more…]

The Mad Gardeners

Photo Courtesy of Danilo Maffei in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Photo Courtesy of Danilo Maffei

Gardening clubs have been popular in the United States for quite some time; dating back to the first known organization, The Ladies’ Garden Club of Athens, Georgia.  Established in 1891, it was created by twelve friends who got together to promote appropriate gardening procedures, conservation of plants, trees, and wildlife, beautifying of public properties, and to encourage gardening among amateurs.   [Read more…]

A Garden for All