Welcome to Gingham Gardens!  I’m Julie, the resident gardener here and I’m so pleased to meet you! My husband Randy and I are currently living in Central Texas (9a), but we also offer content for gardening in cooler climates as well.

Between the two of us, we have almost a century of gardening experience.

I became a Master Gardener many years ago, and Randy and I added Master Naturalist training to our tool belts in the Fall of 2023. While we are in 9a, information about garden processes is the same wherever you garden as plant selection and care revolve around temperature, soil, water, sun exposure, pests and predators, and plant diseases.

On Gingham Gardens you’ll find posts on gardening for beginners, cultivating the garden space of your dreams, as well as some fun DIY projects. 

Whether you’re an old friend of Gingham Gardens or a new one, we hope you’ll find inspiration and help here. It’s a GREAT place for information to be shared about gardens and plants. 

I can’t wait for you to dig in and explore the site!

More About Our Gardens

Our current garden is young – not even two years old. Our previous labor of love (while not our first garden) was more than 30 years in the making in Zones 7 & 8, same town but as we know, Zones change sometimes. It had mature trees – many of which we planted, and flower beds surrounded by stones we had collected or scavenged. Need I mention a much-loved collection of plants lived there?

While we had much more we wanted to do in the space, priorities changed after retirement and we decided to move to be near our grandson – he is growing up too fast! 

The new garden is out in the country surrounded by pasture. On the west, it is shaded by a huge cottonwood tree. Dreaming of a garden, planning, planting, and caring for it are all parts of making a place to be enjoyed – the results AND the process. As I write this I am reminded that the only thing we are in control of is what we do and our attitudes and responses to what happens.

Yet, as long as we are able, we will keep making gardens. 

Healthy plants, the rustle of leaves, the sound of wind chimes echoing in the breeze, buzzing bees, fluttering butterflies, birds at my feeder, hummingbirds zooming past, the smell of roses, star jasmine, mint, and basil enchant me. 

My hope for Gingham Gardens is that it will help you cultivate a garden space that enchants you as well.