Among the greatest impacts on many of our gardening lives were the weekly newspaper articles by longtime Forum garden columnist, Dorothy Collins. During the years I was growing up, on the way home from church we’d stop at the Lisbon Creamery and Dad would buy a copy of the Sunday Forum. The part I was most interested in was seeing what Dorothy Collins was writing about, since I’d caught the gardening bug as a young lad.
Dorothy wrote that weekly gardening column for 52 years, from 1956 until 2008. She wrote her last column one month before she died in 2008 at age 92. During the half century of her garden writing, I grew from a boy to a college student to an employee with NDSU Extension Horticulture. I was privileged to occasionally cooperate with Dorothy on projects, including judging horticultural shows, and we belonged to the same garden clubs. She was a grand lady.
Dorothy wrote over 2800 garden columns. Luckily, a number of them are assembled into a great gardening book: “Flowers Between the Frosts: How to Grow Great Gardens in Short Seasons” by Dorothy Collins, garden writer of the Red River Valley. The book has been available at several garden centers and variety stores in the past, and now is once again available at area Hornbachers Grocery Stores at the Service Counter, where it can be purchased until about June 15. All proceeds from book sales go to fund student scholarships through the Dorothy Collins Endowment Fund.
“Flowers Between the Frosts” would make a great Mother’s Day gift. The book is interesting and the gardening information covers everything from flower planting to vegetable gardening.
An excerpt can be viewed at: https://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/~rcollins/dorothyendowment/flowersexcerpt.html
I’m sure you’ll find the book as helpful as I have. Happy Gardening!