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Quote of the Day: Wayne Winterrowd

February 6th, 2011

“A garden that is not worth a little trouble
is not worth anything”
Wayne Winterrowd

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Wayne Winterrowd this past fall, his gardens have always been inspirational to me. The first book I ever read about the Gardens at North Hill was Living Seasonally: The Kitchen Garden and the Table at North Hill. It was the book that got me thinking about living a more seasonal life. Savoring things, especially foods, in their season when they’re at their best. This book is out of print, and I wish I had purchased a copy back when I could get one. I’ll keep my eyes peeled at used books stores for it as I’d love to add it to my bookshelf.

photo courtesy of Cheryl Pedemonti a Flickr friend

I’ve been wanting to visit the garden at North Hill ever since I read the first book by Wayne and his partner Joe, but I have yet to make the journey. I was really hoping to attend their kitchen garden symposium this summer, but sadly I’m busy that weekend. Now that the gardens are going to be open to the public on the weekends, I may have to make a trip up there during one of my free weekends this summer.

Who’s been inspirational to you in your gardening career? Is there one book, person or event that you can pinpoint as having a big influence on your life?

12 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Wayne Winterrowd”
  1. Liz J on February 6, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I just looked into this on Amazon ~ it looks wonderful, and yes, unfortunately out of print and very expensive. I’ll have to see if the library has it….again, it really does look wonderful.

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  2. farmgal on February 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Grandpa, Grandma, Mom, are all a huge part of why I garden, we were raised with huge gardens, both Grandparents and my mom had a min of a acre in garden for as long as I can remember.

    but if there was a defining moment, it was when I was eight and I got to have my own garden and flower bed, I remember being so excited that I got to pick out my very own purple kids garden in a bucket. My mom helped me build my own small flower garden and I hauled rocks for the edge, and then she put a string around my own little garden in her’s and it was all mine..I was so proud of it, that fall my folks declared that I had proven that I could do daily chores and I could have my first goats, something I had been asking for since I was six.

    Now on my own little farm, having got here to find that there was no garden at all, six years later we are up to 3/4 of an acre with plans to expand it again this year..

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  3. Beegirl on February 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Love this photo!

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  4. Morgan G on February 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    My grandma and a local garden heroine named Pat Welsh have been my greatest influences. They both continue to combine creativity and functionality in their gardens. Pat Welsh has written many books and has an active blog that anybody can visit, my grandma is mine all mine. :)

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  5. David King on February 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I learned my gardening at my mother’s father’s knee. A ‘retired’ farmer, by the time I was five, Jake Anderson, lived in the small town (now much smaller) of Oneida, KS and I spent most of my summers with him. A head-strong and petulant child, I rarely got along with my peers, but I could get along with plants. I learned so much from him – one quote I remember, “Boy, we are too poor to afford cheap tools!” when I was smitten with some new gadget in the hardware store.

    I LOVE the quote that begins this post. Thank you for sharing it!


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  6. Joshua on February 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Who’s my inspiration? Welll, folks like yourself and Matron of Husbandry (Throwback at Trapper Creek) come to mind. Also Joel Salatin, naturally, but I got to Joel through Michael Pollan.

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  7. Mary W on February 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    John Jeavons has probably been the most influential. I took a weekend workshop on Biointensive gardening back given by him in 1997 and it was life-altering. I also took a course at a community college given by some organic farmers from Middletown, Maryland. I can’t remember their names, but the lessons really stuck with me.

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  8. Kathi on February 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    One of the first gardening books I read was Michael Pollan’s Second Nature. I also love all of Rosalind Creasy’s cooking/gardening books, my favorite being Cooking from the Garden. Reading books usually gives me alot of inspiration, especially in the winter when all I can do is read about it.

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  9. Andrea on February 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    My Grandfather is in his 80’s and still have a respectable garden. He inspires me.

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  10. Lemongrass on February 6, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Hi David King, nice to meet up with you again. We met on Kitchen Gardeners International.
    I will visit your blog later tonight. I enjoyed reading about your gardening experience.

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  11. MAYBELLINE on February 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    my dad

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  12. Liz J on February 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    My husband stopped at the library on his way home tonight. I had scribbled the name of this book and authors for him to take with him. The book will arrive at the library on Wednesday ~ I can’t wait to see it!!!! Thanks so much for the heads up!

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