The Perfectly Imperfect Gardener Sometimes I garden with my girls and sometimes I garden in spite of them, but the memories and garden spaces we create always provide shared joy and beauty. This blog is largely about
a professional horticulturist gardening with limited time and two little ones in tow while struggling to
cultivate an unreasonably large garden towards the untenable goal of perfection. It spins together the science and art of gardening along with travel and culinary excerpts. Short cuts are essential, weeds
par for the course, and mud a given (on face, hands and floors).
BLOG.JESSIEKEITH.COM: Winter Gardens of Osterwald Germany: A Photo Essay
Winter Gardens of Osterwald Germany: A Photo Essay
It was a shock when my gracious and lovely mother-in-law, Ursula (Uschi) Marie Meyer, passed away peacefully but very unexpectedly last February (2012). The visit to the small, beautiful village of Osterwald ("Easter Forest") where my husband was raised was sobering, and the time with family and Uschi's many grandchildren was touching and bittersweet. After her funeral, we walked through the village to the restaurant where her reception would be held. I lagged behind to capture pictures for my children that would never remember their beautiful Oma or the town she called home.
In 1995, Jessie became a Master Gardener, accepted a job as a landscape designer and had a farmer's market booth selling garden flowers. The following year she attended Purdue University in West
Lafayette, Indiana where she graduated with honors in 1999 with a BS in Public Horticulture. At Purdue, she worked for two years as garden intern at The Purdue University Horticulture Gardens and was
mentored by Dr. Harrison Flint and Dr. Michael Dana. She also served as undergraduate teacher’s assistant in woody and herbaceous plant identification and introductory horticulture classes.
In 1999, she accepted a yearlong position as the curatorial intern at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA under the tutelage of celebrated curator and author, Dr. Tomasz Anisko. Graduate school
at Michigan State University followed. There she studied systematic botany and completed her MS degree in the winter of 2003. Shortly after graduation, she accepted an internship at The American
Gardener magazine, the journal of The American Horticultural Society, where she received guidance from editor-in-chief, David Ellis, and distinguished scientist and horticulturist, Dr. H. Marc
Jessie taught horticulture for two years at Williamson Free School in Media, Pennsylvania before pursuing a career in garden writing and plant photography. She began to work as content editor for
Learn2grow.com in 2007 and has written articles for publications such as The Old House Journal, The Green Scene, What’s Up! Annapolis? and The Herbarist. She most recently served as one-time
horticultural editor for Wilder Quarterly.
Today, Jessie lives in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband Knut, daughters Franziska and Gabriella, two geriatric cats, and thousands of garden plants.