Kathy Purdy

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Binghamton, New York 13830

Kathy has been gardening in the cold climate of upstate NY for over 25 years, and writing at ColdClimateGardening.com since 2002. She believes short season gardening is no obstacle to beauty or pleasure, and would love to share her insights with you.

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Kathy Purdy, winner of the Garden Writers Association Silver Award for Excellence in blog writing, has been writing for over fifteen years at ColdClimateGardening.com. She has written for Fine Gardening, Horticulture, and The American Gardener. She lives with her husband and children on ten acres in Chenango County, NY. Kathy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She gardens in a cold climate because she hates hot weather more than snow, but concedes that winter is a tad too long. Her garden philosophy is: "If it's not fun, don't do it--or figure out how to make it fun!"


Colchicums: Autumn's Best-Kept Secret- Colchi-what? If you’ve never heard of colchicums before, you’ll be running to your catalogs to order some after hearing Kathy’s talk. These underused hardy bulbs bring bright color to the fall garden. Kathy will tell you all you need to know to grow them successfully, including the best varieties for various garden situations and ideal plants to partner with them. She’ll even let you know her sources for the rarest and scarcest. If you don't yet grow colchicums, it's time you were in on the secret!

Fight Cabin Fever With Your Garden-If winter starts too early and spring doesn't come soon enough, if you find yourself pacing indoors and gazing out the window, hoping to see something other than snow, you need to design a garden to view from that window! Tips, techniques, and plants to extend the viewing season, if not the gardening season, in a long winter climate.


Oxford, NY (Chenango County) 13830

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  • Colchicums: Autumn's Best Kept Secret
  • Combat Cabin Fever With Your Garden

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Rohimah Sarpin from Norwich, NY - 10/16/2019 22:16:50

Excellent presentation at the Norwich Garden Club meeting. Kathy shared her enthusiasm & knowledge on colchicums in a very gardener & garden-friendly manner. Her visuals are informative, organized & attractive. Appreciate seeing the fresh samples of colchichum flowers. Highly recommend.

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Very informative

Renee Brown from Skaneateles, NY 13152 - 10/09/2018 14:36:26

Very educated on the topic of colchicum, well organized and brought a bit of humor to the conversation. She also brought samples to view. Highly recommend!

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Great Presentation on Colchicums

Sandy Bricker from Ithaca, New York - 09/29/2017 15:56:59

Kathy spoke to the Ithaca Garden Club; her topic was Colchicums. Her presentation, which included photographs, was well-organized, extremely informative, and entertaining. She is a wonderful speaker and I would recommend her highly to other garden clubs and groups with an interest in plants.

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