I am Catherine Bollinger, an avid life-long gardener, amateur naturalist, and professional writer for over three decades, earning my living as a technical writer and editor in North Carolina during those years. Now I do a bit of freelance writing and editing, and give occasional lectures to groups interested in aspects of piedmont gardening. Along the way, I’ve earned three degrees from Duke University: BA, MEM, and MALS.

I have gardened in the Piedmont region of North Carolina for 50 years. I grow everything I can, and never tire of talking (or writing) about plants, which is why I started this blog. Welcome to my green world.

If you would like to quote from my copyrighted blog entries, reproduce a photograph, or contact me about a writing/editing assignment or speaking engagement, please send an e-mail to: piedmontgardener AT gmail DOT com.

For additional photos and gardening/ecology information, follow me on Twitter and Facebook. I also regularly contribute articles to the magazine of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, Conservation Gardener, a benefit of membership.

Please Note:  As much as I’d like to answer every gardening question you have, that would be a full-time job all by itself. Although I welcome your comments about entries in this blog, I cannot answer specific individual questions. Thanks for your understanding.

  1. #1 by piedmontgardener on January 30, 2011 - 5:03 pm

    Thanks, Kit!

  2. #2 by Marcia E Herman on January 11, 2012 - 9:31 pm

    Hello Catherine,

    I was happy to find your lovely blog via my tick work. We share a love of gardening and writing. I thought you and your followers might be interested in a small book I will be publishing very soon on herbal teas from local plants, “Sipping My Garden.” It is beautifully illustrated by a friend out west and Emma Skurlink.

    The gardening catalogs are pouring in and I am always looking for new plants to grow that can be used to make tisanes. Thanks so much, Marcia

    • #3 by piedmontgardener on January 12, 2012 - 5:46 am

      Hi, Marcia.

      Good luck with your book project. Happy gardening!

  3. #4 by Marcia E Herman on July 25, 2012 - 2:02 pm

    Note about canning low acid tomatoes: I have always heard one needs to be careful. Without researching it right now, I wonder if you know what the latest is about this? I believe I remember that adding a little vinegar can make it safe. We generally can “regular” tomatoes and save the heirlooms for fresh eating. They are so delicious. I start all of mine from seed. This year I had Bella Rosa, Chocolate Stripe, Potato Top, Kelloggs, and several others. What a year for tomatoes, with all this rain!

    I enjoy everyone’s writing.

    • #5 by piedmontgardener on July 25, 2012 - 3:45 pm

      Hi, Marcia.

      I disavow all knowledge of canning, having forsaken the practice over 30 years ago. I’ve been freezing my excess tomatoes for decades. I find the flavors remain more true, and I don’t have to turn my kitchen into a sauna.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  4. #6 by gnatseyeview on February 12, 2013 - 12:16 pm

    I live in the Piedmont as well, and love my little “kitchen window” garden. The Piedmont is a great place for growing all sorts of plants, but veges are my favorite.

    • #7 by piedmontgardener on February 12, 2013 - 4:16 pm

      Welcome, Nat! I agree that the Piedmont provides ideal growing conditions for many plants. While I share your love of veggies, I find that the native plants of our region also provide much enjoyment. Happy gardening!

  5. #8 by Terry Blatchley on March 22, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    Hey Cathy, I enjoyed working with you today. Thanks for sharing your vast knowledge!

    • #9 by piedmontgardener on March 22, 2013 - 5:32 pm

      Hi, Terry!

      I’m always happy to talk shop with a fellow plant lover. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  6. #10 by Jan rogers on January 18, 2015 - 4:03 pm

    Love your blog! I’m new to the area and am learning so much. I am a beekeeper and am wondering if you are too or if you’ve ever entertained the idea of keeping bees.

    Thanks for the blog!

    • #11 by piedmontgardener on January 18, 2015 - 5:08 pm

      Welcome, Jan. I have never found the time to add beekeeping to my already infinite gardening to-do list, but I love having hives nearby. In past years, a friend kept his hives on our property. And now, my next-door-neighbor is keeping hives. My yard/garden is blessed with abundant bees — both honeybees from nearby hives, and a number of species of native bees. Having hives nearby insures nearly 100% fruit set on my fruits and veggies — a win-win for all. Thanks for stopping by!

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