You know that feeling of excitement that you get as spring approaches and you know that things (at least in the garden) are changing for the better? Or what about the feeling of accomplishment when the hard work you have put into the garden is showing off gorgeous blooms resplendent in their glory? Or the the feeling of abundance when you harvest the fruits of your labor and sit down to a well-deserved feast? Well wrap all of those up into one and you know how I bubbled over with joy when I got an email from the team at Better Homes and Gardens to say that Garden Therapy has been chosen as one of the top 10 gardening blogs for their 2016 Blogger Awards (out of over 700 nominations!).
I had no idea when I started a blog that someday it would lead to a career as a freelance writer and author. I began Garden Therapy in 2009 because I was sick of being sick. I took to the garden to heal from a debilitating illness and shared what I was creating on the pages of a blog in hopes that I could reach out and find others who were doing the same. (You can read more about that journey here.)
I did find those others. I met people who were gardening to heal from serious illnesses, those who used the garden to absorb everyday stresses, and everyone in between. And while all of our paths started in a different place, they all led to the garden.
The idea that gardening could touch the lives of others they way it has touched mine, keeps me writing and creating a place for ideas to get anyone—no matter what their experience, space, or ability—outside for a little Garden Therapy.
I’m grateful for the friends that I have made in writing this blog, for the readers who take the time to email me or comment with a little piece of their story, and for the authors and contributors who have added so much more to this blog than I ever could have on my own.
Please head over and vote for your favourite blogs. You will absolutely make my day by voting for Garden Therapy as the Best Gardening Blog but go with your heart and vote for the blogs you like best in every category. All of the blogger categories (DIY, decor, food, fashion, and gardening) are in the same contest but if you just want to skip forward to the gardening blogs, then choose the Skip This Category arrow until you reach Gardening:
As you can see, I’m keeping company with some pretty amazing gardening blogs. I’m humbled to be included in this list among the gardeners that admire and follow, some of which I am lucky enough to call friends. If you don’t have them already on your reading list, you will be delighted at the creativity and brilliance that comes through each one of their pages.
You can vote every day from now until March 7th. All of us from the Garden Therapy Creative Team thank you for your support!
Good luck Stephanie! I met you at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show and was really impressed by your presentation and encouraged by your story of making positive changes in your life. Your site rocks and I hope you win!
Hi Kelli! It was so nice to meet you. Thank you for the kind words. I’m popping over to your blog now to take a look.
congratulations – you deserve it – I love your blog!
Wow, congratulations Stephanie. I enjoy what you wrote and looking forward for more and more interesting article from you :)). I also start a Home Furniture blog too. Hope to learn from you :)
Hi Stephanie and great post by the way. I was wondering if you would be interested in swapping links with my own garden blog at http://gardenofeaden.blogspot.co.uk/ I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Simon
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