Friday, February 12, 2016

Virginia Smith

Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, worked as a reporter at newspapers in New York, Connecticut and Ohio – with six short months at the end of the Bulletin tossed in – before returning to Philadelphia in 1985 to join the Inquirer. Her favorite beats here have included Center City, roving around Pennsylvania (and getting paid for it!) and alternative medicine. She’s also been City Editor and Pennsylvania Editor. Ginny has been happily writing – and learning - about gardening fulltime since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.”

Read Virginia A.'s blog Blog Kiss the Earth
Latest post: The wreaths are alive - May 9 - 8:24 AM
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Just guessing here, but you've probably never heard of a wildflower called Canby's mountain lover or one known as Carolina elephant's foot, both very rare in this part of the world.
At 22, Chanticleer isn't terribly old, and with 35 planted acres, it's not particularly large. But this treasure of a "pleasure garden" in Wayne has an outsize reputation in the horticulture world. It's known for its wildly creative design, impressionist-like displays, and emotional visitor experience.

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