Ava Middleton is a garden writer and garden coach who maintains a cottage garden on a small lot in historic Midtown Memphis, Tennessee. Her postage-stamp front cottage garden is an ever-changing tapestry, taking on new characteristics each season. Her garden Zone is 7B. She is an avid plant collector and is a featured garden writer for The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis. She is a member of The Garden Writer's Association and travels to visit gardens whenever possible. Some of her favorite plants include hydrangeas, heucheras and long-blooming perennials, such as salvia and coreopsis.

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Gardening Through Generations
by Ava Middleton - posted 05/07/14

Each year, I have daylilies from my aunts’ yard that bloom in my yard, giving me a special link to family members who are no longer with us and reminding me that I truly inherited my love of gardening. My brother dug them from my aunts’ yard and distributed them to loved ones and friends. Now, we all enjoy them each year and know that their plants have a treasured place in our yards and hearts. My aunts were formal gardeners with designated beds for iris, daylilies and roses. I’m more of a cottage gardener like my maternal grandmother, growing a pinch of this and a pinch of that. But their daylilies fit right in, blooming each year with a special place in my garden. Waiting right now for them to bloom soon....



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