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Behind the Scenes at Effective Gardening – FineGardening


Right here at Effective Gardening, the workers put on many hats. Our editors are photographers, script writers, check backyard managers, and audiovisual engineers. Affiliate editor Carol Collins has one further title as effectively: illustrator. Unbeknownst to lots of our readers, Carol is accountable for a number of of FG’s extra memorable illustrations in recent times. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon College’s Faculty of Effective Arts in Pittsburgh and whereas enrolled there spent an unforgettable semester at France’s nationwide faculty of positive arts, Beaux-Arts de Paris. Via a ten-year profession as an reasonably priced housing developer, and since becoming a member of the workers of Effective Gardening in 2013, she has continued to pursue portray, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics in her free time. Her love of drawing has come in useful on the journal, the place she has illustrated a variety of matters from ladybug larvae to blueberry pruning. Listed below are a couple of of our favorites from Carol’s work through the years, together with a current montage of beautiful hosta leaves (scroll to the top to obtain a high-res model of this illustration at no cost).

illustration of animals and insects in a compost pile

Carol’s illustration of animals and bugs feasting on a compost pile, from the article Critters in Your Compost?

illustration of pollinators on a flower

Extra bugs from Carol, this time pollinators and different helpful bugs, from the article The Best Biological Controls.


plant cycle illustration

On this illustration, Carol demonstrates the method of succession planting for the article Market Growers Tell All.

epimedium illustration

This illustration of an epimedium was used to elucidate the anatomy of those flowers in Epimediums: What Your Shade Garden Is Missing.

illustrated blueberry shrubs

For an article referred to as Veggie Q&A from subject #177, Carol illustrated good blueberry shrub pruning.

illustrated veggie garden plan

We are able to solely hope our gardens look as stunning because the illustrated ones Carol creates. This plan, featured in More Flowers = More Food, is of a vegetable backyard supported by numerous native flowers.

hosta leaves illustrated

Lastly, Carol’s most up-to-date murals, all kinds of hosta leaves from 10 Amazing Hostas.


Click here for a free download of the hosta montage.