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April 7, 2022

Green Thumb

Laurie Miller, Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading


If you ever come to my house, you’ll see that I try to emulate a home design style and brand called Jungalow. It’s kind of boho meets vintage meets LOTS of plants. But here’s the thing, and it’s an embarrassing truth, my house is missing one huge component – the plants. Yes, friends, unfortunately, I don’t have a natural green thumb. I’d say it’s more of an autumnal brown thumb (and that’s on a good day). I love plants…I was even a member of the Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota for a hot second. I enjoy trying to identify all of the plants when we take neighborhood walks. I think of myself as a plant person. I love to find unusual vegetables or fruits to try. My aspirations for an edible garden are high, but my confidence about making one…not so much. For reference, here’s a picture of the fig plant that’s in my bedroom right now (one of two, the other one didn’t make it, and this one has seen better days too. Sorry, bud. Sad, right?

Laurie's fig plant

Luckily, a lot of people with emerald green thumbs are coming to my rescue to teach us all a thing or two about plants at the upcoming #SuncoastRemakeDays events. In case you want to meet me there, let me feature just a couple of learning opportunities:

Let’s hear it for April 30th! Yes- this is what I’m looking for, a little encourage-mint. Who wants a summer herb garden?! The answer is… me!!Family Event: Plant your own herbs

Also, on April 30th – succulents and fairies! That’s a winning combo!

Fairy Garden Workshop

Give it up for May 2nd!! Full disclosure – I’ve been pretending to know how to compost for the last 5 years. I need this!

These are just a few of the spectacular events happening over this 10-day FREE festival that The National Gardening Association called “absolutely radishing!” (*No one wrote or said that but me).

Thank you to The Patterson Foundation and the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and YOU for planting these seeds (and then teaching us how to grow them). I hope to see you at one of these events. Until then, may you (and my fig tree) romaine calm and carry on. I’ll be rooting for us!

Your friend,

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