Chris Eirschele

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Interview with a Daffodil Grower

I had a conversation with Executive Director of American Daffodil Society Frank Nyikos about growing daffodils in Indiana before I moved out of that Midwestern state last year. I thought this was a good time to share his advice as fall season is coming upon us, again. Soon gardeners will be planning and planting a

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Creative Writer Friends Share Elevator Thoughts

A post about my fiction work from my writer-friend, Diane Laney Fitzpatrick. Diane was kind enough to share. We had talked (well, really wrote to each other) about elevator speeches. A tool we writers use to practice conveying what a story we are working on is about. We write a sentence, 50 words, or 100

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Five Things About My Current Fiction-Work-In-Progress

Working title, Mushroom Hunter Dead by Poison at Potter’s Bench Greenhouse, is a cozy mystery with paranormal elements. Mycologist and mushroom hunter Bryan Adams brings a gift of mushroom compost on his visit to Potter’s Bench Greenhouse, as a reward he is found dead. GlenAnne Flannery, owner of Potter’s Bench Greenhouse (and protagonist,) is helped

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Summer Garden Container Idea from a Restaurant Planting

Gardeners are in the habit of finding planting ideas from public places. Restaurants are especially replete with ideas. Unfortunately, plants at restaurants are not usually labeled, which will require a bit of research to find the cultivar names. The container mix below has several petunia varieties, a red verbena, and a Dracaena (commonly called a

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Meow Matrimony Book Review

I liked Ivy Preston from the first story I read about her in Lisa Lickel’s Meow Mistletoe novella. Now she is back in Meow Matrimony. Adam and Ivy have each moved to Apple Grove and have set up their homes and businesses. Their wedding date is set with invitations soon to be delivered. Ivy visits

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Read in a Botanical Garden by Exploring Bookworm Gardens

Each May I remember Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat. Though I do not attend every year, my heart is always there in spirit. This piece was originally published on my Stay Gardening blog in 2018. For eight days this past May, I was in my native Wisconsin to attend a fiction writing retreat. The day

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Trees a Living Remembrance at the 9/11 Memorial

This article was originally written and posted by Chris Eirschele on her Stay Gardening blog September 10, 2012. Though much has been built up and grown since, the words remember. I had only visited New York City once prior to 2001, and not any since that day on September 11, 2001, at least not so

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Seed Banks Protect the Future of Growing Plants for Food

Article originally published in Decoded Plants, November 18, 2015. Author Chris Eirschele. The Irish Famine of the 1800s taught the world’s seed savers the importance of bio-diversity. It is now a mission for seed banks to preserve the food supply deep into the future . Saving seeds is an important aspect of planning a garden