What does a beginning gardener need to know?

I think this is maybe the question that I really had in mind (in my post yesterday).

A question like that, though, makes it seem like all you need is the short list of topics or the top Ten list.

Isn't learning about plants, gardening and the natural world (anything you're interested in, for that matter) a lifetime (or continuing) pursuit?

I like to end presentations about wildlife gardening, or gardening with native plants, or vegetable gardening with this quote from Thomas Jefferson. It's often quoted, as it deserves to be.


  1. Good morning Lisa,
    Well, another good question. A beginning gardener needs to know...1) how to be a keen observer (for everything from condition of the plant to soil and light conditions and everything in between) 2) how to be curious to explore the possibilities 3) persistence.
    to quote another President..Calvin Coolidge-
    "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."

  2. Just loved the Thomas Jefferson quote.

  3. Doesn't being a keen observer, having persistence and determination, being curious about why, and being a 'young' gardener, in spite of years of gardening, just about sum it all?



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