Shade has melancholy overtones to some gardeners, who struggle to grow their favorite (and invariably sun-loving) plants amid tree roots and under dark canopies. On the other hand, in hotter climates like mine (Austin), shade is a life-preserving necessity, not only for plants but the people who want to enjoy the garden. From these extremes—and maybe even a few other perspectives—Garden Designers Roundtable tackles the subject of Shade this month.
We’re thrilled to introduce Margaret Roach as our special guest blogger on this topic. Margaret left her career as a publishing executive in December 2007 for a long-overdue return to personal creativity: to write again, and to finally live in the rural Hudson Valley/Berkshires-area garden she’d been making on weekends for 20 years, and opening for public tours for 12. After a 15-year stint at Martha Stewart, where she was EVP, Editorial Director, Margaret built the blog A Way to Garden, which has received national acclaim, and has just completed a corporate-dropout memoir, And I Shall Have Some Peace There (January 2011). In addition to her writing, she consults with small and large businesses on website development and branding, and lectures and teaches about horticulture.
Now, please follow the links below, joining our special guest and members of the Roundtable, as we write about Shade.