A few years ago I started gardening at Ault Park and since then the park has been the center of my garden life. I have adopted several gardens, passed a few over to new gardeners, joined the board of the Ault Park Advisory Counsel and marketing committee and met a new friend, Mary Jo from the Cincinnati Master Gardeners Association. Mary Jo and the CMGs are now new gardeners at the park and I am a new member of their organization.
I have spent countless hours photographing the gardens and grounds of the park. I visit the gardens before work several days a week in the spring and summer and have spent many a late evening tending to the gardens and enjoying the park as it slowly winds down for the evening.
A while back I had an idea to write about the park for one year. In a way I have done just that; for several years. I even had a blog for that idea- A Year in the Park.
But something happened, I cannot quite recall what at this point, that made me simplify and condense several blogs into one. Oh yeah, that's it, I was trying to keep four blogs.. and work, run, keep a house, a full time job.. I had a moment of ACK!! I GIVE, UNCLE and paired everything down.
Things have changed since then. I am perhaps more busy than before but I have a new focus and goal in mind when it comes to my garden life. But do I want to start A Year in the Park again? Can I handle the responsibility of another blog?
I spent some time just thinking, sitting in the park and wondering if I could give a full year to the park; visiting more often, learning more of its history, writing more and visiting the archives more. Could I do it? I decided yes I could and I shall. It is part of a future gift to myself.