Through The Garden Gate of Jeffrey Bell – Seattle, Washington
“I have gardened since at least the age of four. Sleeping is the only thing I may have done more than gardening. I have no idea what my life would be without gardening.” Jeffrey Bell
Featured Gardener: Jeffrey Bell
Location: Seattle, Washington
Years Gardening: 53
How much time do you spend gardening?
I garden daily.
Describe your garden(s) or gardening activities:
I have a wide range of horticultural interests and am an avid collector. Indoors I have collections of Palms, cycads, haworthias, Orchids, Tilllandsias and various other tropical and succulent plants. Outdoors I do Bonsai, I have collections of Hostas, Epimediums, ferns and other woodland plants. I also grow bulbs and other perennials, roses, berries, a few vegetables and kitchen herbs and herbaceous groundcovers.
What about your garden(s) or gardening activities has given you the most pride?
My garden gives me great pleasure and satisfaction, if someone else enjoys it that would be a source of pride.
What about your garden(s) or gardening activities has been the biggest challenge, and how did you overcome it?
I am from coastal California and some pruning techniques had to be adjusted due to cooler winters and shorter growing seasons of the Pacific Northwest.
What advice would you give to a novice gardener who is just starting out?
Find someone whose work you like and ask if you may work with them or observe them. In my experience most gardeners are happy to share. Learn by doing is my motto!
What’s your next project?
Repotting Bonsai is my late winter project.
How does your garden and/or gardening enrich your life?
I have gardened since at least the age of four.
Sleeping is the only thing I may have done more than gardening. I have no idea what my life would be without gardening.
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