Born and raised on a dairy farm back in the day (mid-50’s) was extremely hard laborious work and each one of my 9 brothers and sisters and I had chores before and after school. There was ALWAYS work to be done! Fortunately Mom had a way of balancing work and play. Locally our farm, known as the G.B.Miller Farm was referred to as the “fun house”. There was NEVER a dull moment and always room for one or two more at the dinner table. Our home was open for parties and hospitality of visitors, relatives and friends.
Twenty years ago, I returned to the farm from suburbia living and took residency in our 1920’s farmhouse. Mom moved into the “little house” which was more manageable in size as she aged. My Dad had passed in 1986. In the spring of 1998, my husband and I began tilling the yard and transforming the land around the outbuildings into perennial gardens. Beautifying the land with flowers and sharing a vision of starting a Flower Garden Farm. Both of us loved fresh flowers and were experienced retail florists and designers. In 2007, my husband was diagnosed with cancer and passed. Devastated to lose my life partner, I dug into my gardens for emotional healing. “Busy hands, healthy mind” was one of Mom’s sayings. The flower gardens became my sanctuary and therapy. I dug in the soil and my spiritual journey began. Over the past 10 years I have planted, weeded, tilled, tended, cultivated and re-purposed our farm into The Friendship Garden of Blooms & Rooms (With the support and manual labor of family and friends). The upstairs of our Farmhouse are rooms designed for my silk flower design studio, home office and social sitting room. The main level is currently “senior living” space for my Mom to live at home for the remainder of her life. She is now 93. My current purpose and role in life is Full-time Caregiver.
While I serve my life’s purpose my vision and dreams of creating a Flower Garden Farm are still alive!! I am cultivating, planting seeds, weeding, amending, and tending the “Outdoor Rooms” in the gardens with an expanded vision of creating a Gardening Ministry, Gardens of Joy. A ministry to share the cornerstone of Faith, Hope, and Love and Trust God’s Plan; to teach and educate on truths of God’s Abundant Love and Reveal the mysteries of nature in community. Sharing of the heart and prosper on a natural garden farm environment that is aligned with my Higher Purpose and Self. As I tend my gardens and enjoy the surroundings of God’s blessings, God is planting seeds upon my heart to BE a Stewardess of the Land and create a family legacy.
My calling is to host:
Seasons of Life workshops, Essential Oil classes, Garden parties and Creative venues at the Gathering Place (a re-purposed outbuilding). I welcome you with an open heart to join me on this sacred journey of a Bloomin’ Essential Lifestyle and share in the bounty through Gardens of Joy Ministry.
Be inspired, empowered & nurtured!