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head shotI have been engaging in my life long vocation in public schools for nearly 34 years; both as a teacher and administrator.  But my passion lies in all types of gardening.  I have loved digging in the soil since I was little, but only really became addicted to gardening in the last 30 years.   I would say I am a self-taught gardener who has never taken any formal classes, and learns through reading and trial and error.

I have many types of gardens from vegetable gardens to rain gardens, xeric, shady, a meadow we created from seed and a pond we had constructed.  In the past few years, I have been redoing my gardens to include native plants to create a wildlife habitat.

My journey through life has been enriched and influenced by my gardening experiences.  I love to write about those experiences on my other blog, Gardens Eye View.

My passion for writing was recently rekindled about 3 years ago.  In addition to my blogs, I have been writing short story memoirs and poetry some of which have been published.

I retired from public education in February 2014, to grow my fledgling garden design business and expand my writing projects and in the future publish a few books.


  1. July 27, 2014    

    Hi, I came here from your gardening blog because I wanted to see what you are doing in retirement. I retired in 2006 and it was a great decision. I’ve focused primarily on writing since then.

    I found your gardening blog via a post you “liked” on my writing blog. Thank you for visiting there and for finding something you felt good enough about to let me know you had enjoyed it.

    I’ll be following this blog via a feed and look forward to watching your retirement unfold with you.

    • July 28, 2014    

      How nice of you to pop around Sherrey. I recently found your blog and will be catching up reading your posts. It seems we both have taken a similar path since retirement and I do appreciate the support. I am spreading my wings a bit with this new blog and slowly working toward some dreams.

  2. September 1, 2014    

    How lovely to put a face to your name Donna. I’ve added this to my blog list so I can visit often. I love what I see so far. Well done.

    • September 1, 2014    

      Thanks so much Linda…this is a labor of love and it means so much when blogging friends enjoy it too.

  3. October 20, 2014    

    It’s lovely to read how you are spending your first year of retirement, Donna! I am in my second year of retirement after 35 happy years of teaching. Although I had set my intentions for retirement (teachers are such great planners and goal setters), it felt like I spent my first year meandering, as I tried to find the best ways to be creative, learn something new every day, and continue to make a difference. By the second year, I have found my way and am so busy following my intentions. I feel certain that the very same thing will happen to you! New chapters are such an exciting way to learn and grow… and through your gardening, poetry, and blogging, you are definitely on your way! Wishing you happy Autumn days! ♡

    • October 20, 2014    

      Dawn how lovely to have you visit and it sounds like I am having a similar meandering first year of retirement. I found just taking my time to rest and relax this first year has really been a blessing…wishing you wonderful days in your retirement too! 🙂

  4. February 7, 2015    

    Thank you, Donna, for your kind comment on my Tree Following post. I have visited New York and Philadelphia, but have not been Upstate in New York. I would love to see the maples!

    • February 7, 2015    

      Thank you for visiting Caroline. I probably signed your blog with this address, and my Tree Following is on my other blog so I do apologize. I do confuse folks sometimes with two blogs….on this one I blog about my life and write poetry and wildlife posts….on my Garden blog I have my Tree Following and garden posts. If you want to see the maples you can see them on

      I do appreciate your visit……

  5. June 8, 2015    

    Nice to meet you..I retired from nursing(30 years) in 2013..I will ease back into nursing if I can find and maintain a remote and portable type job 🙂 I love your pics!

    • June 8, 2015    

      Thanks so much Lisa and how lovely to meet you! My mom was a nurse for 40 years and my sister is a nurse looking to retire soon.

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