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Storytime Series #gardenstories

“Gardens make me happy. They comfort me. The plants, animals, and processes in a garden allow you to see the life force or God’s-thread that runs through every living thing on the planet.

It’s Storytime! Each week from now until the show’s opening day on March 14th we’ll highlight one of our “Get Growing Series” presenters and you’ll have the chance to win tickets! Each flower enthusiast will tell the stories of the unique role flowers, plants and gardens have played in their lives. Every Wednesday, each presenter will become a storyteller. Since stories are a huge part of our childhood, each presenter will tell us they’re own personal gardening memory, discovery or tale. Follow along at #gardenstories as we turn the page every week and count down till our 2018 show, FLOWERTALES!

Introducing…William Moss!

Where & When to hear him:

Get Growing Stage- Get Out & Grow Veggies: Best Ornamentals for Chicagoland Gardens on  Sunday, March 18th at 12:00 pm 

Seminar Series- Prepping for a Successful Gardening Season on Sunday, March 18th at 3:15 pm 

As a kid, I was fortunate to grow up among plants. My grandmas had forsythias, roses, irises, marigolds, mulberries, and a host of other flowers. My grandfather grew rows of crops that I was occasionally forced to tend. At home I unwillingly “maintained” (mowed, raked, trimmed, weeded) the yard. Doing the same for the neighbors was the only way I could get a little scratch to buy my Peter Parker The Spectacular Spiderman! comics. Woods with pecans, walnuts, muscadines, blackberries, box turtles, and salamanders were just steps outside my door. Growing up in the Piedmont area of the Carolinas made it easy to take nature for granted. I didn’t realize how much trees, gardens, and open spaces centered and sustained me until I didn’t have it.
Northwestern’s campus is gorgeous. But 20 year olds rarely notice architecture or landscaping. It wasn’t until I had partied in Chicago clubs, attended theaters, graduated, and began working that I noticed I missed the outdoors. The extensive Forest Preserves of Cook county and the Chicago Botanic Garden helped reestablished a connection to nature. Ultimately this led to taking classes and starting my own garden. Although those first gardens were poorly planned, weedy, and jumbled, I felt purpose, passion, and pride like I never had before.
Gardens make me happy. They comfort me. The plants, animals, and processes in a garden allow you to see the life force or God’s-thread that runs through every living thing on the planet. You notice the determination and power of life when a tiny speck of a tomato seed turns into a lush, rampant beast. You see and smell the awesomeness of God’s-thread when gnarly lily bulbs planted in dun colored soil, bloom in yellows, reds, purples, oranges, and whites with intoxicating fragrances.  You marvel at the resilience of life when you watch a Centennial apple or Heritage raspberry endure brutal winters, and still go on to flower and fruit beautifully the next season. Gardening has opened my mind to the wonders of Mother Nature all around us. The first steps to truly loving something are appreciation and understanding. And thanks to my plants and my gardens (and my wife), I’m loving life. Get Out & Grow!

Steps to win

  1. Read our presenters garden story!
  2. comment on one of our Garden Stories Series post on facebook
  3. comment on the post with your all-time favorite book (gardening related or not) or current read and make sure to tag #gardenstories 

We will repost every mention and add each person’s name to a hat that will be announced on Friday, March 9th at 12:00 am CST for the opportunity to win 2 free tickets to the FLOWERTALES!  

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