img_1560Does your heart rate increase when you’re about to enter a new garden or greenhouse? Do you pause to appreciate a variegated Solomon’s seal and your friends wonder why you’ve fallen behind? Do you get through winter by surrounding yourself with even more philodendrons? Then join me on a quest– a Botaniquest (bo-TAN-eh-kwest)– to share horticultural discoveries.

I’m Beverly Shaw, a gardener in West Lafayette, Indiana. I’m a Purdue University graduate with a degree in horticulture, author of a statewide Q&A gardening column for 18 years and author of Possum in the Pawpaw Tree; A Seasonal Guide to Midwestern Gardening (Purdue Press, under a prior name of mine.)  I spent 15 years in the landscape industry, enthralled by growing perennials in four hoop houses (ahhh) and designing perennial gardens, followed by becoming a certified arborist as the Greenspace Administrator for the City of West Lafayette, specifically caring for all the street trees and the volunteers that love them.

Now I’m lucky to have retired early and I’m spending time in my happy places– all of which are filled with plants.  I hope to share my finds with you and I hope you’ll share yours with me! What works for you? What doesn’t? Favorite botanical garden? Do tell– and we’ll all grow together!