Kathy Purdy

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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 thirteen 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!

Combat 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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Very enjoyable

Dianne Orcutt from Ithaca, NY 14850 - 03/30/2017 14:35:53

Kathy spoke to the Ithaca Garden Club on March 22, 2017. Kathy was knowledgeable with an extremely pleasant speaking style. I loved her slides. I came to learn more about colchicums (a plant that I use in my garden) with an increased understanding and renewed enthusiasm for this bulb. I highly recommend Kathy as a speaker.

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Colchicum: Autumn's Best-Kept Secret

Marilyn Gray from Ithaca, NY - 03/24/2017 10:37:31

The Ithaca Garden Club loved the informative power point presentation that you gave in your relaxed, friendly, story-telling fashion. Well done! Thank you for traveling to Ithaca to give us an afternoon of sheer enjoyment learning about that unusual and sometimes rare corm.

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Winter Gardening

Roz Conway from Albany, NY - 02/19/2017 18:11:06

Heard her presentation on Cold Climate Gardening today.She was the guest speaker at the Doldrums pot luck luncheon hosted by the local Iris, Hosta and Daylily Societies. Enjoyed it very much and now look at my winter garden in a new light…and may enlighten that look with some of her ideas.

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