Jane Fishman, author, blogger, gardener and area columnist, recently was the featured speaker at a Richmond Hill Garden Club meeting.
Fishman provided gardening advice, including tips on how to conduct a plant swap.
Fishman, who called her garden the “Garden of Folly,” said she enjoys all the people she has met through the venture.
“There are not too many grumpy gardeners,” said Fishman, adding that the garden also has “encouraged many young people to get away from their computers and get their hands dirty.”
Fishman also is the author of “The Dirt on Jane,” a book about life, gardening and the intertwining of the two. She discussed the recent addition of live chickens that roam free on her property.
“I just love watching the total harmony between my two dogs and the neighborhood cat, who all seem to be fascinated by the busy chickens,” she said. “I believe the chickens keep the bugs away, and that we should have gardens everywhere — it is better for our environment.”
She sold out the books she had brought to share with the group and took a list for more.
Fishman closed with her impressions on how gardening reflects life.
“I believe gardening incorporates the whole circle of life … the preparing of the soil, watering the plants, and watching seeds grow,” she said. “Gardening truly satisfies a nurturing desire that we may have forgotten that we possess.”
Longtime club member Mary Burns, who arranged for Fishman to speak to the group, enjoyed Fishman’s presentation.
"I just knew Jane would be a wonderful speaker, and all I had to do was ask her to come speak,” Burns said.
The club meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Wetlands Center.
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