I never thought I would be a gardener.
In fact, I never even anticipated growing my own food, or tending to produce, or wondering when the next harvest would be ready. I really never thought I’d be dealing with slugs, aphids, grasshoppers and caterpillars. I also never knew that I’d appreciate just how cathartic and invigorating heading into the garden on a brisk morning with my gloves, compost, shears and fertilizer would be.
I also didn’t realize how rewarding it would be to pull a radish, a strawberry, a snow pea and just eat it right off the plant, becoming mesmerized with both the beauty of the flavor and the resonance of the idea that I created this vegetable, nurturing it from seed to bloom.
I also never thought that I’d name my garden, but here we are – Magnolia Gardens is in full swing, and now that it’s yet another beautiful Spring in Sherman Oaks, I wanted to share some of the images from my various garden experiences that have helped inspire me to continue to expand my repertoire and my palette.
I hope you enjoy.