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Welcome to A Writer’s Garden where writers who are gardeners or just love gardens will be sharing their garden and flower stories, as well as a bit about their writing.

Today’s writer/gardener guest is Tema Banner who is talking about embracing her garden spirit Welcome, Tema!


Me and My Garden, the Dearest of Friends

by Tema Banner

Herb Garden

You could say gardening is in my genes, but as a child, I tried to weed it out. My parents were organic before organic was cool. They refused to use insecticides, instead they ordered ladybugs from California to put on our fruit trees and their four children, of which I am number two, picked the beetles off the green beans.

I remember the exact moment when I crossed over from trying to weed gardening out of my life to embracing everything it represented: memories of my childhood, the deliciousness of homegrown food, the peace and comfort of being in the garden. I was still young at eighteen and had the opportunity to pick green beans with a friend’s mother. With the sun beating down on my head and the smell of earth wafting up my nose, I did a 180 and knew that garden was as deep in my soul as some of those weeds that seemed to go to China. Since that day I have loved it!

My garden is not on the same grand scale as my parents, we have raised garden beds for veggies, which are great because they are easier on your back and cut down on those pesky weeds. My parents didn’t plant flowers, there simply wasn’t time, they were focused on gardening for the purpose of supplementing our food stock; we canned or froze everything and years after I was out of my parent’s home, there were still cans of homemade applesauce on the shelf. While I love having the fresh veggies and have done some canning, it has been more a novelty than a necessity – with the COVID-19 event I am rethinking this strategy. Everywhere I have moved, I have tried to have some spot to garden whether it is a small herb garden, strawberries along the side of a patio, or pots filled with flowers.

Rose Garden

When my husband and I purchased the house where we now live, we finally had space for larger plots to plant veggies and a palate to design using flowers and shrubs. I knew the raised bed at the head of our driveway was destined to be a rose garden. I am still learning roses, but oh how lovely their scent, and their beauty – nothing like the artistry of our Creator! I hope when I get to heaven, the Master Gardener allows me to tend His garden. How about you? How did you become a gardener and what are some of your favorite garden memories?


About the Writer/Gardener:

Outside of writing, gardening is my greatest pleasure. Planting, watching the metamorphosis of the plants from seed to fruit, it is a wonderful picture of how God works in our lives. I write Biblical and historical romance and am currently working on a Biblical fiction series, Daughters of the King. My website is www.temabannerauthor.com and I may be followed at https://www.facebook.com/temabannerauthor/or https://www.instagram.com/temabanner/.