10 November 2010

Moving

If you haven't heard it yet, you should go check out the new pod cast, RadioGarden from Horticulture magazine. I'm quite struck by it. It very different, and very cool. Sort of like This American Life meets gardening.
I particularly like this first episode, because the topic is one I know all too much about: Moving as a gardener. I've been seriously gardening for about a decade. In that time, I have live no fewer than 9 different places in three states and two countries, leaving a trail of plants everywhere I go, and loading up an ever-increasing collection of plants I can't possibly leave behind. I've had two years at my current address, but another move is looming... At the end of next summer, if all goes well, I'll be graduating with my PhD, selling my house, and heading off somewhere new (where, exactly, is yet to be determined. Suggestions are welcome!). Another move... But I am really hoping, and planning, on this being my last. I'm ready be somewhere, settle in, and start planting trees.

10 comments:

Ryan Miller said...

it's funny you mention moving. I was just wondering why you, this great unusual plant lover, was living in Michigan.

of course Portland is a plant lover's paradise, lots of great nurseries.

What are you looking to do with your degree?

scottweberpdx said...

Congratulations...of course, my vote goes to Portland, OR!

mr_subjunctive said...

Eastern Iowa is nice. And you already know someone who knows all the best nurseries within an 80-mile radius of Iowa City, so. . . .

And the Cedar Rapids / Iowa City area was recently designated one of the least affected by the recession, out of the whole country. (Can't provide the link, but I remember it because I was surprised. Some online magazine somewhere.)

NotSoAngryRedHead said...

I'll also third Portland. It seems like anything can grow there! Plus the city (and the state) have a pretty good reputation apart from plants and gardening. Despite all that, if I were to move somewhere myself, I'd move to western North Carolina, either in the mountains or very close to them, but that's because I have family around that part of the country and I really need to be back in Appalachia.

Congratulations on finishing, or at least being very close to it! And best of luck on wherever you wind up (work, location, transporting precious plants...)!

Jim/ArtofGardening said...

Young Joseph,
If you move anywhere but beautiful Buffalo, you'll regret it. We may not have the available jobs that line up with your degree(s), but you can shovel, right?

meemsnyc said...

Moving? Well, my vote is for the East Coast. New York is awesome, for example. :)

Garden Lily said...

West coast is wonderful. Seattle WA, Portland OR, or if you want to escape the rain, sunny California.

Greensparrow said...

Wow... I didn't expect anyone to actually provide suggestions! The west coast is absolutely not an option. The problem is that whatever I end up doing, plant breeding is sure to be part of it, and I don't think the world needs MORE plants that can only grow on the west coast, lovely though it is. Besides, I cannot live without snow.
Mr. S. makes a compelling case for Iowa, which I have never considered. Jim, after visiting this summer, Buffalo is absolutely on my short list... gorgeous, gorgeous place. And no shortage of snow, which I adore. And Redhead, I too deeply love Appalachia in general and Western NC in specific. Much of my extended family lives in there. Incredibly beautiful. Also certainly on the short list...

Mary C. said...

LA! LA! you cannot resists the zone 10..... you will never (almost) fear frost again!

Greensparrow said...

Mary, LA = No way. I LIKE frost. I compare the weather here to a roller coaster because it is fun. I also love cloudy rainy weather... absolutely could not do sun everyday.