Meet our Horticulture Crew Member: Dianne Crary
Dianne Crary got her start in gardening not through a potted plant from the hardware store, or an elementary school seed-soaking experiment, but from something a little more challenging: a neglected yard and a few meandering honey bees.
"The house that my parents purchased in the ’50s had a garden with great bones, but neither one was interested in gardening," Dianne writes. "The beds were neglected and every now and then when the weeds were towering over everything, I would get inspired to pull them out …
"Decades later, beekeeping became a hobby and one rainy spring season the honey crop had a minty taste which came from the nectar of the basswood tree … This then made me notice what other plants the bees were visiting in order to incorporate bee friendly plants in the garden.”
Read on to see how Dianne found herself learning the ropes with the NYBG’s School of Professional Horticulture, coming to understand “the right plant in the right place.” And don’t forget: we have beekeeping classes of our own coming up shortly! —MN