Hort. (abbr.) horticulture, horticultural
-phile (suffix) loving or having an affinity for

Of course I would choose a non-existent word for the name of my blog. Well, it makes sense to me, and reflects me perfectly. Ever since I was a child I’ve loved plants and gardening. On my windowsill I lined up cuttings scrounged from my grandma and propagated from my Mom’s collection of bomb-proof houseplants.
When my Mom decided that the veggie garden was too much work I decided to take it on. I think I was around 11 years old. Explaining to my friends that I had to go home after school to weed and water they would commiserate with me about chores – but when I told them I chose to do it… well let’s just say I began earning my reputation for eccentricity at a young age!
My affinity led me to a career in horticulture, I have worked in retail garden centres for, um…a long time! As I age it’s becoming more difficult but I can’t imagine missing out on the excitement in spring. When the truckloads of new plant material roll down the driveway I can hardly wait to dig in and see what new treasures have arrived.
A new project has obsessed me since 2008. My husband and I bought a lot and built a new home (that was an adventure) and I have had the pleasure of designing and planting a new garden – from scratch!
My blog will follow my journey, and hopefully will offer inspiration and useful information for people who are trying to develop their own yards, new or otherwise into beautiful, productive gardens.

Rudyard Kipling : Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.


12 Responses to About

  1. barb19 says:

    I found you via Redneck Princess’ blog, and the name of your blog set my curiosity off! I love gardening too, have done since I was a young girl. I’m not as knowledgeable as you, so hope to learn more by coming regularly to your blog.
    I grow veggies and get a thrill out of seeing them grow from scratch and then to be able to pick them fresh and enjoy them on the table! Nothing like it in my eyes. I have had trouble growing carrots though, and I noticed you have a relevant post, so I will pop over to that after this.
    Where do you live? I live in Australia, so have to cope with hot sun for many months of the year. I am going to enjoy your blog!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Found you through Piglet in Portugal. Love your blog. I love flowers, but don’t have the yard! So I enjoy reading about them! Love your blog!

  3. Peter Cech says:


    Metro Vancouver is hoping you can help encourage more composting within our region.

    Weโ€™ve put together a short video explaining why itโ€™s important to compost food scraps (a carbon-neutral process) instead of having them rot in the dump (creates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas).

    The link for the video is http://bcove.me/bd7mnm28.

    Our hope is that you will share this video with followers of Hortophile, encouraging them to then share it with their friends, especially those friends who are not composting fruit and veggie scraps yet.

    This may also be helpful for followers of Hortophile – there are seven municipalities within the Metro Vancouver region that are already collecting all food scraps in their household green garden totes for curbside pick-up, including leftovers, meat scraps, bones and dairy products. They are: Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond and the Township of Langley. The City of Vancouver is collecting fruit and vegetable scraps only in their green totes โ€“ but that will change to include meat scraps etc. by next year.

    Thank you for considering our request.

  4. Gardens are definitely not made by sitting in the shade! Much work, but the production in the end is so worth. Best wishes on your gardening adventures!

  5. Peter Cech says:

    Hi, hoping you can help me again. This time I’m letting people in the Metro Vancouver region know about new lawn sprinkling hours that start June 1. Early mornings only.

    Here’s a link to Metro Vancouver’s Lawn Sprinkling page: http://bit.ly/inHhu5

    Bottom line – on hot summer evenings when water use has peaked in recent years, there’s barely been enough water to ensure safe fire response (fire hydrants and indoor sprinkling systems).

  6. munira says:

    I gave you an award because I like your blog so much…check it out here: http://munzee72.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/the-yes-i-like-this-blog-award-goes-to/

    Congratulations! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Lydia says:

    I found your blog while looking up a new rose variety, Stormy Weather. Great picture!

  8. Well Mr. Kipling had that right! Hi! I’m Harsha and I found you through Munira’s Bubble! I live in Goa, India and I’ve recently begun to take an interest in the garden! We have a lot of tropical plants (as you can imagine) – bougainvillea, hibiscus, other flowering shrubs, a lot of crotons and 8 large coconut trees. I’ve had a large patch cleared behind the house to plant a vegetable garden! I’m a complete amateur as far as gardening is concerned but willing to learn and I find myself enjoying the process more than I ever thought I would ๐Ÿ™‚ My motto at the moment is “Try, try until you succeed!” In that spirit, have bought a few gerbera plants and a new orchid to see whether they survive my mismanagement! But orchids are hardy plants…I’ve learnt that much ๐Ÿ™‚

    I will be following your journey both in the hopes of learning how to be a better gardener and because I enjoy your writing and your love for your garden so much ๐Ÿ™‚

    Warm regards, H.

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