Unplug and Re-connect

I’ve been back in our Arlington store training a mostly new crew these past few weeks. Redenta’s started there and we recently celebrated our 25th anniversary. Gardeners (we don’t call them customers) from the early years recognized me and it was great having a hug and doing some catching up. I’m getting to that age where everyone tells me it’s time to slow down and smell the roses. I prefer to stay active and smell the roses in my stores. It’s where I belong.

In the age of “devices”, there must be somewhere to unplug and connect—with other people and with nature. I’ve always strived to make the stores that kind of place. Dick was making deposits at the bank last week and the teller told him how much she loved our store and that she sometimes takes her lunch there to just sit and soak up the atmosphere. Perfect! That’s exactly what we are trying to create.

It feels like spring already. We are all excited and invigorated and ready to share our enthusiasm with you. I will be giving the class on Spring Vegetable Gardening at our Arlington store at 10:30, this coming Saturday, February 25th, and will be there most of the day to answer your gardening questions or just to say hello. Oh, and put your devices on “silent.”



Aunt Redenta

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.