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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Honest Scrap Award

Being somewhat new to the blogging world, it took me a little while to figure out what exactly the Honest Scrap Award was. The wonderful landscape designer, Rebecca Sweet (http://gossipinthegarden.com ), tagged me with this "honor" so I'll describe it in my her own words,

Being somewhat new to the blogging world, it took me a little while to figure out what exactly the Honest Scrap Award was. The wonderful landscape designer, Rebecca Sweet (http://gossipinthegarden.com ), tagged me with this "honor" so I'll describe it in my her own words, What is the Honest Scrap Award? Well it’s not really an award, per se. It’s more like a TAG, you’re it! type of post where I tell anyone who’s interested 10 things about myself that they would never get from my post. I then tag 7 more lucky folk at recipients of Honest Scrap and they get to do the same. So ready or not, here I am:

1. My foray into the horticulture world is the old story of turning a passionate hobby into a profession. Having grown up on a farm in middle Georgia, with my daddy a forester and momma a mainstay in the garden club, a love of plants was inbreed in my soul. While I pursued a post college career of nutritional counseling and then full-time mom, you'd often find me either puttering in the garden putting in a new plant or strumming my guitar writing a new song. You see, gardening was just a part of life, and I thought my future was destined for song writing. After moving to Nashville and experiencing the slightest bit of interest in my songs (I was runner up one month on the VH1 songwriting contest), I realized that people were more interested in me composing gardens and container plantings for them than they were in me composing new songs. So now I orchestrate the harmony of horticultural color, texture, and beauty in Music City.
2. Speaking of Music City, one of my fun clients is a gal named Heidi Newfield who some may know as the lead singer of Trick Pony and now solo artist ("Johnny and June" - CMA award nominee). I got to do a backyard redo for her on the Discovery Home Channel show called "Picture This", which was a whole lot of fun in spite of the temperature being 104 degrees every day.
3. I used to have to milk our cow while in high school. Daddy thought it would build character.

1. My foray into the horticulture world is the old story of turning a passionate hobby into a profession. Having grown up on a farm in middle Georgia, with my daddy a forester and momma a mainstay in the garden club, a love of plants was inbreed in my soul. While I pursued a post college career of nutritional counseling and then full-time mom, you'd often find me either puttering in the garden putting in a new plant or strumming my guitar writing a new song. You see, gardening was just a part of life, and I thought my future was destined for song writing. After moving to Nashville and experiencing the slightest bit of interest in my songs (I was runner up one month on the VH1 songwriting contest), I realized that people were more interested in me composing gardens and container plantings for them than they were in me composing new songs. So now I orchestrate the harmony of horticultural color, texture, and beauty in Music City.
2. Speaking of Music City, one of my fun clients is a gal named Heidi Newfield who some may know as the lead singer of Trick Pony and now solo artist ("Johnny and June" - CMA award nominee). I got to do a backyard redo for her on the Discovery Home Channel show called "Picture This", which was a whole lot of fun in spite of the temperature being 104 degrees every day.
3. I used to have to milk our cow while in high school. Daddy thought it would build character.



4. I love watching football. It helps having four sons to feed that love of football, but I loved it even before they came along. Initially, I think it was because I had a huge crush on the quarterback of our high school football team (did you know that, Wilmer Moore Dickey, III?). I ended up being the football team manager, and when I went to Auburn University, I asked the coach if I could be the first female manager/trainer of his team. He agreed but said I couldn't date any of the players - I declined.

5. I'm terrified of heights, which is a horrible thing for someone who has to climb up ladders to plant windowboxes and column pots.

6. My car broke down on my way back to college on the interstate miles from an exit, and I sat for 8 hours on the side of the road hoping someone would stop and help me. (This was waaaaay before cell phones.) It was below freezing weather and I put on every piece of clothing from my suitcase. Two 18-wheelers finally stopped around 3a.m. and tried to get my car started. They said they always stop in pairs for protection - for each other! One of the guys drove me to an all night dinner and got me some hot chocolate, and I called some friends who lived about 30 miles away to come pick me up. Those truck drivers never gave me their names - I think they are angel truck drivers!

7. I have a brother who is 2 months younger than my oldest son.

8. While I write and sing mostly country or pop music, I LOVE to sing opera! Just ask my kids, they are ones with ear plugs.

9. In college I spent a summer taking out backpacking groups in the Appalachian Mountains, and two summers as the Nature Trail Lady at a summer camp.

10. I hope to write novels that involve a group of eclectic plant nerds who save the world.

So here’s the second part of this post – my pick of 7 super interesting gardeners who I’m hoping will participate and ‘bare it all’….and if you choose to participate, please remember to send your “Chosen 7″ a Tweet/Poke/email/or something to let them know they’ve been nominated!

1. Jan Bills of www.TWOwomenANDaHOE.com

2. Carri Stokes of http://readbetweenthelimes.blogspot.com/

3. Lisa Gustavson of www.getinthegarden.com

4.
Katie Elzer-Peters of http://thegardenofwords.wordpress.com/

5. Billy Goodnick of www.finegardening.com/blog (Billy, let me know if there is a better address!)

6. Fern Richardson of www.lifeonthebalcony.com

7. Susan Young of www.getinfrontcommunications.com

4 Comments:

At February 10, 2010 at 8:50 PM , Blogger rebecca said...

Wow - milking a cow in high-school? Love the picture! My daughter would LOVE it if she got to milk a cow (she's 14)...but then again, the charm of milking it early in the morning, on cold Winter days might wear off real quick! Great post!

 
At March 1, 2010 at 1:15 AM , OpenID flowergardengirl said...

I love everything about you! This was a really fun read and I hope to be in your novels.

 
At March 3, 2010 at 6:40 AM , Blogger barbara wise said...

Thanks for the kind words - I'm weaving a little bit of lots of garden friends into the characters. I'm thinking lots of folks will go, "Oh, that's me she's writing about."

 
At March 11, 2010 at 12:22 PM , Blogger Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Congratulations on your award, Barbara! Happy gardening and happy blogging!

 

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