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This is me in my first garden.

I’m Marie, an MD by day, in-training to be a pathologist, and dreaming of my someday garden by night.

I spent the first half of my childhood in the Midwest, and the second half in the Pacific Northwest, only to move, again, to the East Coast for college, back to the Midwest for medical school, and finally back to the Pacific Northwest for residency. I’ve been in my current city for nearly four years, living in a daylit basement apartment with five windows, including two south-facing window sills, a small west-facing sill, and 2 dark north-facing sills. There’s also a small space of driveway where I’ve tried (with rather poor results) to grow some vegetables and flowers in pots. I’ll be moving one more time come July 2020 to California for two more years of fellowships. After that, I’ll finally get a real job, which means, I can (hopefully) have a house with a yard to create the garden I spend all my free time dreaming about. 

In the meantime this site will suffice. I’m a planner by heart, always thinking about the next steps, the next life goal to tackle.  This site serves as a consistent place for me to grow creatively and organize my thoughts about flowers and vegetables, trees and shrubs.

I also want to use this site to preserve memories and track changes. My mom used to say to me John Lennon’s quote “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” I’ve spent the last decade working towards goals that were in the distant future.  Sometimes I get so caught up in dreaming about what my life will be like in 5, 10, or 20 years that I fail to realize how good life is right now. 

Thanks for joining me here. I’d love to connect with you. I know I’m not the only millennial who’s got the gardening bug (we’re a bit cliche aren’t we?).  I hope to connect with and learn from the many amateur and expert gardeners out there. You can email me at apracticeofgardening@gmail.com

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans

John Lennon

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