The Professor & Her Garden

Good soil. Good students. And maybe some decent English peas.


I don’t know much about gardening.

Since I’ve been a professor for over 20 years, I’d like to think I know a bit about academics.  Truth be told, however, I still have a lot to learn!  I’m on sabbatical this year where my goals are to get my head deep into my research and to refresh, renew, and restore my day-to-day life.

And, hence, the garden.  If ever there was a concrete example for hope, it would be in a garden.  Despite my ignorance about dirt and plants, however, my limas, snap peas, tomatoes, garden peas and lettuce refuse to believe that I wish them harm.  Instead, have responded enthusiastically to my meager attempts and are growing!

A garden is not unlike what happens in the classroom.  My students, too, have to trust that I know what I’m doing.  They, too, respond to my attempts.  They, too, grow during the semester.

My blog, The Professor & Her Garden, chronicles the progress of my first-ever garden.  My blog, My Year Away, chronicles my sabbatical.  I write about my frustrations with administrative work (which I have recently left behind), my anxieties about rebuilding my research career, and the joys of all the other things I’m experiencing during my sabbatical.  Including my garden.  Thanks for reading!


12 thoughts on “About

  1. I started gardening about 15 years ago when I bought my first house. Flowers though as opposed to vegetables. Sometimes I’ll grow tomatoes and I have a blackberry bush and inherited rhubarb. I’m in my third house since then – so my gardens keeps changing! Good luck with the garden and sabbatical.


  2. What a lovely idea for a blog. I started growing vegetables three years ago on moving to the countryside (Yorkshire Dales, UK) and always meant to do a blog/diary about it! It has been very absorbing and refreshing – and I will look forward to reading more about how you have found it.


  3. Please don’t feel compelled to follow through on this, but I nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” Award:
    And, I have really done it, I see: I also nominated your other blog, My Year Away. BOth Are good blogs.

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  4. I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Details here!


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  6. Hi, Grynnie: Thanks so much for nominating me for the blog award. That’s quite lovely of you.


  7. I love your blog and have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. I see I’m not the first, so please don’t feel any pressure to respond to all the requirements again. Just keep your lovely blog going and enjoy your garden.


    • Thanks, Caroline. I’m honored that so many people have nominated me for the OLBA. I don’t know why I’m hesitant to accept it; but I can’t seem to make myself post anything about it. But, please know that I really appreciate you thinking of me and my blog!


      • It’s taken me a while and I didn’t find it easy to do so I totally understand your comment here and it’s why I said there’s no obligation from me for you to do anything about it. I have though had a whole bunch of lovely replies like this one of yours because I did do it, so once again I’m encouraged by the general loveliness of the blogging community I’ve encountered so far.


  8. Hi Professor! Your blog looks very interesting– I’ve always wanted to garden, but haven’t made the time to get started yet!

    I wanted to drop you a quick line to let you know I posted an interview I did with a fellow blogger the other day and in the interview she mentioned your blog as one of her favorites. I thought you’d probably like to know in case you wanted to thank her 🙂

    If you are interested in checking it out, it’s on the Interviews page of my blog, and it’s Interview #4.

    Happy Holidays!


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