High Country Gardener Turns Six Years Old

Happy Anniversary!

This charming letter came in this summer from Michelle Maga.

August 13, 2011

Dear Editor:

My very first High Country Gardener column actually ran on the front page of The Mountain Enterprise on August 12, 2005. It was called ‘A Rabbit’s Eye View.’

I don’t know if you remember, but it all began with a conversation you and I had at Big John’s restaurant one morning back in August, 2005.

We had never met, but for some reason, being the chatty gals we are, we struck up a conversation about the problems gardeners have adapting to the conditions our high elevations often challenge us with here.

You asked if I’d be interested in writing something for the paper about that topic and the rest is proverbial gardening history.

It’s been a most instructive and enjoyable activity, one that I perform in the wee hours of the morning, sitting in hotel rooms, under towering pines or accompanied by the sounds of surf and streams. I’ve learned volumes in my research and from my readers. It’s been a great journey, one I hope to continue as the years march on.

Michelle Maga
Cuddy Valley

It is one of the joys of preparing the paper each week to open up Michelle’s latest column to see what she has been thinking about recently. We’ve learned about canning and explored guerrila seed bombs and holiday poetry through her words.
We hear often from people who are fans of Michelle’s column. We’re wondering, would you, the readers, be interested in a compilation in book form of Michelle’s columns? Which do you remember as your favorites?
Please reply to Editor@MountainEnterprise.com.
—Patric Hedlund, managing editor

This is part of the December 30, 2011 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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