How Does Your Garden Grow?

August 16, 2009

Melanthia Peterman and Cheryl Hatch pose in an innovative pumpkin patch during a garden tour in Issaquah, Washington.

Melanthia Peterman and Cheryl Hatch pose in an innovative pumpkin patch during a garden tour in Issaquah, Washington.

Melanthia and I were colleagues at the Associated Press in Seattle years ago. Now she’s a mom, a gardener, a blogger (www.gardeness.com)–and in her spare time, she’s the secretary for Isis Initiative, Inc..

After our board meeting on Friday night, I stayed for the weekend. On Saturday, I accompanied Melanthia on garden tour, hosted by Nola, a local gardener and blogger.

I watched as a gaggle of gardening aficianados wandered among raised beds and compost barrels, chatting, sharing trade secrets and tips. Outstretched arms with tiny digital cameras were drawn toward bright blooms, pumpkins and seed pods the same way  flowers lean toward the light.

Here’s where I stretch a simile, string it up.

As I listened to the gardeners, I realized that starting a garden, tending it, sticking with it and waiting for it to bloom and bear fruit is a whole lot like starting a nonprofit.

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