Special Author Blog Hop – Accessible Gardening? What’s that?

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As I mentioned, today starts Author Dianne Venetta’s Annual  Authors in Bloom Blog Hop. It’s pretty simple and there’s lot to see and learn.

Spring has sprung (sorta) and being’s I’m a person with a disability, I wanted to share this great article I found about making gardening more accessible to people with limited mobility. This article and others like it, I’ve actually been researching more and more of late because I’m also working on my first story that features the main heroine who uses a wheelchair, like me but that’s where our stories quickly go separate ways. Let’s just say, it’s loosely based on me, and certain ideas have been embellished to protect the guilty (that would be me for sure) LOL.

I’m excited about the story but it touches on a lot of issues and for me, it’s been interesting (read: hard) to find a balance between romance and still doing my due diligence to educate the public and bring about awareness about the ABILITIES of people with disabilities. See where our focus should be on the latter part of that word. Still a hard sell just about every where I go.

I wanted to keep this blog short, lets face it, it’s all about the prizes (shh, see below). BUT I’m curious so I’m asking you to please, leave a comment about some of the issues YOU feel might be served well by depicting them (whatever those issues are) in a romance. Not only is romance entertaining, but they give people hope. That’s why I write them, to escape and to view life through a more hopeful lens. Tell me, by leaving a comment, what stories or types of characters should be depicted MORE in the romance industry.

My Gardening Tip:

 If you just can’t garden much outdoors due to a myriad of reasons -mobility being one-, try container gardening. Smaller pots, many that you can keep in doors or on a small window sill are great and then, look for plants that do well in doors. Greenery in your life is an important thing that can make you happy and elevate your spirit in very subtle ways. There’s plenty of “hard to kill” plants out there that would love to live with you. Try it!

Check out these beautiful, Universally Designed Gardens on Pinterest and a couple of articles about how accessible gardening opportunities AND awareness is increasing especially throughout our world and making it more easier for people, especially those that are aging.

Gardens for Humanity

Gardening for All post

Gardening for All – photo on Flickr

Lastly, I’m not a huge cook, I don’t know why, I LOVE all kinds of cooking shows and seem to have Food Network, I love event planning so that explains most of the cooking stuff, what’s an event without pretty food involved and almost every Saturday I’m inside writing and watching my cooking shows. BUT, please check out my SUPER GOOD (and gooey) Chinese Noodle Cookies recipe that I wrote about earlier this year when I appeared on fellow Author Karen Doctor’s Blog, called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Enjoy.

All Right it’s PRIZE Time!

To enter and be eligible to win MY prize:

Just leave a comment about this post AND sign up for my newsletter. You can find the sign up link for my Constant Contact newsletter on my main page at http://www.Teegarner.com. Be sure to complete the information correctly so I can contact you if you’ve won.

Eligibility and Rules for entering to win Tracee’s giveaway – which, by the way, is a $ 10 gift card to spend at Amazon.com

  • You can live just about anywhere, you’ll just want to make sure I can send you (via e-mail) the code for your PRIZE (via Amazon.com in the US), a $ 10 gift card.
  • Be 18 years of age and older
  • Sign up for my newsletter – see the link at http://www.Teegarner.com – upper right hand corner, little box
  • Must leave a comment AND sign up for my author newsletter

To enter and be eligible to Win Dianne’s prize

The Grand Prize is a Kindle Fire OR Nook and a $ 25 Gift Card

Eligibility Rules for entering Dianne’s giveaway

  • Leave a comment
  • Visit each of the blog stops in the 10 day hop – you can see them ALL here:
  • Only those that visit EACH and EVERY stop are eligible for the grand prize: the E-reader AND gift card.
  • Your Eligibility will be verified at the end of the Blog Hop
  • Don’t forget to leave your contact information / E-mail address in the comment section or we will have no way to contact you to let you know you’ve won
  • Winners will be posted on both Dianne Venetta’s author page and the BloominThyme websites.

Book Photo Courtesy -Amazon.com from Author Janeen R. Adil – Accessible Gardening for People with Physical Disabilities, A Guide to Methods, Tools and Plants.


46 thoughts on “Special Author Blog Hop – Accessible Gardening? What’s that?

  1. This is terrific and I want to thank all of you for giving us the opportunity to win. I have 2 sisters and some of my kids who love reading so I appreciate this.

  2. Hello! I am from WI and love Love LOVE to spend time cooking and baking gluten free recipes with my mom and good friends. On sunny days my closest friends and I love to kayak, munch on goat cheese and crackers, drink great wine, and reminisce on old memories that make us cry from laughter! We enjoy spending time on refreshing walks while enjoying the nature surrounding us and dreaming about our dream vacations together!

  3. My mom loves gardening but she has a lot of back problems. I think container gardening is the way to go for her. Thanks for the info!
    I subscribed.

  4. Tracee, I kill plants. I don’t mean to, but I’m inconsistent at watering them. The only plants that don’t die are African violets and Jade. But, people keep giving me plants. I try, they die. I love greenery around the house, but my best greens are maintenance free silk. I have a hearty ivy atop my kitchen cabinets and china hutch and a lovely faux plant in my foyer. I wish you luck in your efforts.
    Your new book sounds very interesting. Though I don’t have limited mobility now, I had to use a cane for a year or so. Every time I came to a flight of stairs, it looked like a mountain. It made me wonder about my friends who do have wheelchairs, or canes, or walkers. There are a myriad of challenges to functioning as we age. If all I had was food in a jar and I didn’t have my jar opener. I would starve.
    Do you have a title yet? Look forward to that and seeing you again some time. Teresa

    1. Teresa, I have been disabled (seems like) forever, since the age of 2. Another question I’m curious about (and you would not believe how heated this discussion can get among folks with/without disabilities) but do you think it’s easier to (and neither is easy, trust me) have a disability from birth/like me, I call mine from birth or be living your life and sustain an injury. I should make that a Blog itself. Titles aren’t hard for me, I have over 30 in a word document, but it is really difficult to narrow down the right title for the right story. So the story about (I can’t tell you my nickname for her, I call myself that too) the heroine with a disability, honestly, it’s so generic …right now, it’s Something In My Heart, it’s an old RnB song of long ago. 🙂 What do you think?

  5. This sounds like a wonderful and I love what I am reading about this story so far.. Thanks for sharing with us. @tisonlyme143

  6. I think about writing romance I often find myself being picky about everything, but thats just me, I want to get swollowed up with love, a bit of mystery and yes a happy ending.
    I enjoy gardening.

  7. I do better with potted plants , but not a great gardener, but I still love plants and I keep trying.

  8. I would love to see some romances with the main character having PTSD or type one diabetes. Thank you for shining the spotlight on our abilities!!!

  9. I think asexuality could be well served by being depicted in romance. So often a lot of romance is about sex or sexual attraction, but there’s more to romance than that.
    I’ve done some planting in containers. Much easier to manage that way! 🙂

    kissedbymidnight AT gmail.com

    1. I do think there is more to romance too, Amber, but I’m not sure a romance is the right genre to depict that kind of story. Remember romance is about the H/H getting together in the end. Not at all saying it couldn’t work, just personally thinking it’d be better served as creative fiction or literary nonfiction or more literary feel type of it -leaving room for a more serious and real aspect.

  10. I would love to read a romance about an already married couple falling in love again :). In a way I feel that would be my hubby’s and my story 🙂

    1. I love that scenario too Savannah. You should write that you know. Who better to tell that story than you? I actually feel like stories that I write about friends that separate for time and come back together, is the same in essence. They knew each other (and no they weren’t married) but they have a sort of history and this really resonates with me, that love lost and found. My current release Anchored Hearts is all about that. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Isisthe12th, if you (and anyone who has left a comment here) would like to be a Beta Reader for my story about the heroine with a disability, please let me know. I’m hoping a solid draft will be ready at the end of this year (don’t get your hopes up too high if you’re interested, my deadlines are not set in stone). One of the perks of Indie Publishing, moving a deadline when you must. Use the contact page to e-mail me off line if you’re interested. I’ll provide you more details. Thanks for commenting!

  11. I love container gardening for its ease and accessibility. I have my entire garden on my porch! Fresh veggies, herbs, and some lovely potted flowers that bring the humming birds all summer.

  12. I would like to see some romances where a character has some sort of eating disorder or other illness. Thanks for the chance!

  13. I think there is an audience for stories about older romance–people in their forties, fifties, sixties, and likely in their seventies and even older. First love is easy. Starting again, after having life experiences that make trusting someone else a choice to be made rather than an emotional response, is a deeper story.

  14. I’m so happy by the responses you guys and adds to my mailing. Thank you, thank you. Plus some great comments about what you’d like to see more in romance and gardening stuff. Can’t wait to see who wins a prize or two. We’re almost near the end, man time went fast!

  15. We also have a squirrel who thinks we are growing tomatoes just for him. Between him and the birds and the giant tomato worms, it’s hard to get some of those wonderfully sweet tomatoes, lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I love characters witha ll sorts of issues i love how it feels to read a real person be it a disability or an anxiety or an illness life struggles but where its real and how a real person handles them


  17. Thank you for your tips and bringing up gardening with disabilities. I should get out to my garden today and continue preparing for vegetable planting! I have some Bok Choy seedlings growing…haven’t tried this before. I usually get all of my plants from an Amish farmer, but he doesn’t have B.C.

    Happy Spring to you!

  18. My son and DIL want to put in an elevated garden of vegetables.They keep talking about it but haven’t started yet.

  19. I don’t have any preferences as to specific stories or type of character – if the book is well-written, I’ll read it.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth(at)bookattict(dot)com (subscribed)

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