Dick and I are walking down a back street not far off the Piazza del Campo in the heart of Siena, looking for the address of the convent. Finally, we are ushered into the reception area and I’m reunited with my aunt, Sister Redenta. I’ve brought photos of our garden centers that bear her name (it’s also my middle name). All is going well until she sees her name on the side of one of our pickup trucks. “Mama Mia!, Mama Mia!”
When I started Redenta’s Garden, 25 years ago last month, I wanted it to be a special place that reflected some of my European heritage (mum was British; dad was Italian). Over the years, together with some very talented and dedicated staff, the goal is still to offer a personal shopping experience. It’s also a family business – my son Michael and daughter-in-law Lorie have developed our landscape design and installation business. Now, if I could just get one of my four grandsons to come aboard, we would be good for another 25 years.
My goal here is to share some thoughts about gardening with you and listen to your thoughts and feedback as well. Let the journey begin.