Hello – my name is Gayle.
I am not very comfortable writing about myself, but I guess I should tell you a little bit about me and why I’m here. I’m not exactly sure myself , so here goes.
Nature has always inspired me – its patterns, colors , the way it all moves and changes minute to minute.
How lucky was I as a kid to grow up within a farm family and spend so much time outdoors at play. Work was even play or , at least , I thought so.
I was blessed with hard working parents – a wonderful farm dad, a loving mom who worked right along side him ( she was an amazing cook too ) , hysterically funny grandparents living next door and three loving siblings (well, most of the time ). I spent many hours walking around that farm with my great Uncle Les who would say to me most every day, ” Learn something every day. Think good thoughts. Good thoughts are key. ” I still have and cherish his letter to me when I first went off to college, and he ended the letter with that very same sentence. ” Good thoughts are key. ”
I miss these people.
I grew up in the family business ( farm and garden ) , had a meltdown ( a good one ) as a teenager. Just wanted to get out there on my own, not angry just curious. Dog gone it ! – I was going to become a New Yorker ! Into the city I went attending F.I.T. to study fashion design/ buying and merchandising . I wanted to be surrounded by fashionistas and designers and perhaps become one myself.
Well, little ol’ me didn’t really get along in N.Y.C.- not at first anyway . In time though , that city opened my eyes to a different side of nature . Deep within the concrete, dank subways , the hustle of the streets there she was, just dressed differently -a whole new set of patterns, textures, and designs to be inspired by.
So I did not become a fashion designer , but what school and the city did for me was to foster an appreciation for all sorts of design – textiles, interiors ,landscape design. I came around full circle back to the outdoors, working at the garden center, expanding on the concept of bringing the outdoors inside the home through interior design. I had found my niche.
My husband, Michael , and I now live on our own little farm in Vermont. Our beautiful daughter , Kate , ironically IS a New Yorker and very much a creative soul herself. We had started a home and garden center business here years ago and continue to run organic greenhouses .
My wish would be is for this site to become a shared creative space inspired by nature and her ability to feed us – mind , body and spirit.
So here’s to a journey filled with gardening, cooking , landscaping, and designing outdoor spaces together.
To learn something every day and share good thoughts.