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An Interview with Beth@PlantPostings

November

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”  ~John Muir

 

 

 

It’s time to bring you another interview with an amazing person I have grown to know in the blogosphere.  As you might remember, after receiving and award from Julie@Gardening Jules, I had promised to do several interviews of some amazing bloggers and share them with you.

 

 

So for today’s interview, I am talking with Beth@PlantPostings.  I met Beth over 5 years ago when I started my garden blog.  We seem to connect so easily.  We both gardenlessonsgardened in Zone 5, and my weather was very similar to Beth’s in Wisconsin.  We both enjoyed native plants, and quickly started a shared seasonal meme…really Beth started hers first, Garden Lessons Learned, which inspired me to look at seasons differently.  And from there, Garden Lessons Learned spun off Seasonal Celebrations.  I love how both these seasonal memes have enriched my life.  And both will be starting for the new season around December 1st.

 

 

Beth is a wonderful writer, photographer and gardener…and she has other hidden talents too.  So let’s meet Beth……..

Beth

 

Hi, I’m Beth. I call Southern Wisconsin home, but I have a bit of wanderlust so I enjoy traveling when the budget and the calendar allow.

 

I’m a mom (of two wonderful young adults), a wife, and a communications consultant. I’m also a lifelong gardener, a Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer, and an amateur photographer.

 

I’m often distracted by wildflowers, pollinators, and scenic overlooks. My husband and I both enjoy hiking, so we spend many weekends on Wisconsin’s amazing trails.

 

I like to experiment with plants—pushing zones, playing with microclimates, and practicing companion planting. My garden is organic. For at least the past decade, we’ve found natural ways to keep garden pests, invasive plants, and plant diseases at bay. It’s actually a fun challenge!

 

 

 

1.I really love this picture of you Beth!  Let me start by asking, why did you start your blog?

 

It’s a very long story, but I’ll try to be brief. My career has always included writing and editing as part of my job description, and I’ve been a gardener and plant-lover my entire adult life. When my kids were young, I came across a software package that was an encyclopedia, of sorts, of plant life. So the interest has always been there. But I guess the turning point came when I realized how to merge the writing with the curiosity and love of plants. I started tracking all the plants in my garden and learning the details about them. I inquired about writing for an online gardening publication. The editor accepted some of my work and suggested I start a gardening blog. I haven’t looked back since.

 

 

 

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2. Beth I really enjoy my visits to your blog, and have always been intrigued by its name.  What is the significance of the title of your blog?

 

Thanks, Donna. This is the embarrassing part. Starting a gardening blog became a “must do” very quickly for me. I didn’t want to spend months or weeks analyzing it, because I was afraid I wouldn’t do it. So, I started researching names that were already claimed and those that were available. When I found out “PlantPostings.com” was available, I grabbed it (registered the URL web address)! I couldn’t believe no one had used that simple URL for a blog. Since then, I’ve always been a little sheepish about the simplicity of it, but someone at the Garden Bloggers’ Fling said the nicest thing to me—in effect, that she liked it, and that it was easy to remember. I shared plans to potentially change it, and she said she thought it was perfect the way it is. 🙂

 

 

 

January

3. So what keeps you blogging?

 

I can’t think of any other thing I’ve done (besides being a mom) that has been more rewarding. The combination of gardening/botany with photography, writing, and making friendships with like-minded people around the world has truly changed my life. I occasionally need a break from it, but I always want to start back up almost as soon as I start taking a break. It’s not something I have to do; I don’t get paid for it. Instead, it’s a hobby … or maybe it’s better described as an avocation. Perhaps that’s what motivates me—I enjoy it, so I do it!

 

 

 

February

4. I couldn’t agree more with you Beth.  I like your description of blogging….it does feel like an avocation.  What are some of your creative endeavors that make your heart sing?

 

I was going to pass on this question, and then I recalled situations—not really creative endeavors—that have happened through grace. These are the moments that fill my soul with joy. I think of them as gifts from God. When I happen to be in the right place at the right time to witness small miracles of light, of natural occurrences, of interactions with other species … those are pure moments of bliss. I get the feeling most gardeners experience these moments from time to time, because we’re so aware and appreciative of the world around us.

 

 

 

 

5. Beth, I really love how you expanded the question….yes creativity, nature, small miracles and bliss.  As you are immersed in the creativity around you, what is your creative process?

 

Ha! Well, I have about 10 blog post ideas rolling around in my head at any one time. Some of them come to me in those moments of grace mentioned in the previous answer. Others relate to other aspects of my life that seem to spill over into the blog. Finally, when I’ve tried a gardening technique or had experience with a particular plant, I like to share it just as I enjoy reading about other gardeners’ experiences. Some of the ideas stay in my head a very long time until I have the courage to share them. I may never muster the guts to post some of them, but then maybe that’s a good thing. 😉

 

 

 

April

   6. Let’s stick with the creativity theme a bit longer, and explore what new form of arts or crafts you would like to learn?

 

Good question! I always like to try new things. But one thing I’ve always wanted to do is play the harp. I’ll probably never do it (too expensive), but I have this romantic notion of being a harpist in hotel lobbies, at weddings, and for other events. I like the idea of sort of being in the mix of activity—setting the tone and being on stage, while at the same time sort of being in the background.

 

 

 

May

7. Oh I love the idea of you playing the harp, Beth.  You never know, you might find someone willing to give you a few lessons.

Let’s shift direction a bit.  I know you have traveled to many wonderful places, so where would you like to travel next?

 

My next trips will revolve mostly around family events in California and Arizona—both wonderful destinations and I’m thrilled to be able to attend. But, there’s also a very special trip on the radar for 2017! I hope it will materialize. I’ll keep you posted on the blog!

 

 

 

 8. I also have family in CA and AZ….beautiful spots to visit.  And I look forward to hearing about the special trip!!  OK, here’s a fun question….Tell me what famous person or not so famous person you would like to meet?

 

Another great question, and there are so many people! The current Pope is pretty awesome. I would have loved to have had a discussion with John Muir. I also find people like climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe fascinating. She’s brave enough to share her strong religious faith and at the same time her understanding of science and the impacts human activities have on our shared planet.

 

You brought back John Muir to me through your blog.  And I wanted to celebrate your appreciation for him, so I did include one of your favorite quotes at the top of the post.

 

 

 

July

  9. Beth, what is or would have been your dream career or job? 

 

I’m living the dream now. Making a living as a communications consultant and having a gardening blog on the side is pretty nifty. Maybe I can combine the two someday in a plant-related book. 😉

 

Now that would be wonderful!

 

 

 

August

10. As gardening is a great passion of yours, what is your creative process when gardening?  Do you have a special type of gardening or garden style you love?

 

I’ve been blessed with some wonderful garden mentors who’ve practiced various styles of gardening. Regarding my own style and process: I try to start with the big picture. What ecosystem am I dealing with? What plants are here? Which plants will grow best in this location? How can I make it aesthetically pleasing with “curb appeal” and still keep it wildlife-friendly? My gardening projects vary with the seasons, my budget, and my curiosity.

 

 

 

September

11. I really like your thought process Beth…we have a similar style.  I know you love native plants and wildlife.  Can you tell us how you came to learn about native plants and what about them inspires you?

 

I’ve always been fascinated by native plants and wildflowers. I love to hike and photograph the plants I see along the way. Also, a large section of our property is woodland. We’ve chosen not to develop it. As far as I know, it’s never been developed. It’s always exciting to see what plants pop up naturally every year. We do try to remove invasive species, but that job continues every season. We want to try to support the native plants that are naturally here because they best support the native pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. With that said, some sections of my garden include non-native plants, but they’re mostly located near the house.

 

How special to have a woodland on your property.  I have always wanted to own woodland to preserve it.  

 

 

 

October

12. Is there anything else you want to share with us?

 

The garden blogger community is such an inspiring group of people. I feel blessed to be part of a global community of individuals who, like me, love plants, and share a mission to make the world a better place.

 

 

Didn’t I tell you Beth is an amazing person….I hope you enjoyed her fabulous vision of life and creativity.  And yes, these are her incredible photos of her garden and surrounds.

Isn’t her love of wildlife, and passion for gardening contagious?  And she is just an all around really nice person; generous, caring and so helpful.  I count myself lucky to know her through this virtual world.  I hope one day we will meet up, and share some time in a garden setting maybe with a bit of harp music!

 

 

I leave you with another one of Beth’s favorite John Muir quotes:

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.”  

 

 

 

Here is where you can find Beth….please make a point of visiting her.

Blog: http://plantpostings.blogspot.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/PlantPostings-118115634923181/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/plantpostings

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/plantpostings/

 

All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Photos are the sole property of Beth@PlantPostings, and their use in this post is by permission of the photographer.

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22 Comments

  1. November 26, 2015    

    Hello Beth! Very nice to meet you in this interview….and thank you Donna for facilitating it. I sure have found it to be true as well that our blogging community is strong and supportive. I loved the photos interspersed throughout the conversation, they are really stunning. The references to John Muir were wonderful and I too would love to meet the current Pope. He seems like the very essence of walking joy and compassion, doesn’t he? It was great to hear about your dreams and goals for the blog Beth, and how so many have already been realized. Thank you for sharing those dreams with us (LOVE the harp idea!). May you have love and Thanksgiving today. With happiness, Susie T.

  2. November 26, 2015    

    Thank you both.
    Half a world away I was nodding my head in agreement with every point, while keeping my eyes glued to the gorgeous images. Topics dear to my heart – and my slighly grubby fingertips and knees…

    • November 27, 2015    

      So happy you stopped by Soosie! Isn’t Beth a wonderful talent with the camera?

  3. November 27, 2015    

    Donna, you have an innate ability to pull from your interviews the most amazing stories and facts, they are a fascinating read. I love Beth’s blog, she is so down to earth, and yet so full of ideas, and information that can be applied to so many gardens.

    Thanks for reminding us once again why we blog, because so many of us do it for the love of meeting interesting people.

    Jen

    • November 27, 2015    

      I do enjoy the stories I learn from all the amazing bloggers…including you my friend…..I think that is what I enjoy about the interview process most. And your description of Beth is spot on Jen.

  4. November 28, 2015    

    I loved this post as I am getting to know Beth and anyone who loves John Muir has got to be amazing….Michelle

    • November 29, 2015    

      Yes Indeed Michelle…Beth is amazing! So glad you loved the post!

  5. November 28, 2015    

    It was great to “meet” Beth through your interview.

  6. November 28, 2015    

    Thanks for making the interview a fun process, Donna. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for your friendship. 🙂

    • November 29, 2015    

      I am so pleased you enjoyed the process Beth. I did have a quiet and wonderful Thanksgiving….thanks! And your friendship means the world to me too!

  7. November 29, 2015    

    Hi Donna, I really enjoyed your interview with Beth, I can see why you have such a strong connection to her. Beth’s answer to question 4 really resonated with me, those moments of sheer bliss when connecting with the natural world are priceless. I am not sure where you are up to with your series of interviews but I hope you go on and do more.

    • November 29, 2015    

      I loved #4 as well Julie…so glad you liked the post…and yes I will continue to interview folks. This is number 3 and I already have a commitment for #4 to be posted in late January. I thank you for giving me the award and the idea! I am having great fun…..

  8. November 29, 2015    

    Sorry to be late here – had technology issues which (I hope!) are now resolved. This is a lovely introduction to Beth and her blog and blogging process. I’m sure her responses resonated with most of us – with our love for plants – with our love for working in the soil. Gardening is soul stirring whether intentioned or not!

    • November 29, 2015    

      Not late at all my friend….yes you captured Beth’s essence perfectly Deb!

  9. December 1, 2015    

    It was a real pleasure to read about Beth – how young and full of life she looks – I forget that not everyone has reached retirement!

    I’ve been a follower of Beth’s blog since Blotanical days and even though I’ve no garden now, she follows my creative side and I keep up with her plants. Avocation was until now missing from my lexicon and is the mot juste for most of us who blog.

    Reading both your posts, it is evident that noticing the minor glories and miracles of daily life is the secret to living from happiness!

    • December 1, 2015    

      I thought the same Laura…Beth is so young and vibrant! I loved her use of avocation too. And yes you are correct, those small miracles are the secret to happiness.

  10. December 8, 2015    

    What a great interview, Donna and so good to know you a little better, Beth. I loved the accompanying photos with text–great editorial choices!

    • December 8, 2015    

      Thanks Tina….so glad you enjoyed Beth’s story and pictures!

  11. December 9, 2015    

    I always revel in that burst of surprise when I SEE a blogger for the first time, to put an actual face to words and pictures that I enjoy.
    When I am blissed out, I am listening to harp music. (Listening! My bliss would be confuddled by all those strings …)

    • December 9, 2015    

      I think that is why I love doing these interviews…seeing the blogger in a new way….getting to know them on a deeper level!

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