Backyard Gardening {@lesleyzellers}

This is my ridiculously cute sister and her family…in their backyard…smack dab in the middle of town. My friend Jessie Leigh took the first two photos (and the last one) in this post. You can see a whole shoot Jessie did in their garden at

zellers6Eric and Lesley are gardeners. They have a passion for growing their own food, but also for sharing the joy of gardening with others. I’m not sure you could be around them for longer than 15 minutes without something related to gardening coming up. I love that about them.zellers4When I refer to myself as the family ‘reject gardener’ it is because of stuff like this:

zel1I can’t even stay on top of laundry for a week. Their garden is a wonderland. The pictures really don’t do it justice. Lesley is on Instagram @lesleyzellers and has a few hashtags that she documents their garden story. One of my favorites (or least favorite because I feel like a gardening failure) is her weekly photos. It is amazing to see how much their garden changes from week to week…here are some examples:zellersgardenShe also shares peeks at the salads they make. Typically, I am eating leftovers off my kids’ lunch plates when I scroll through instagram and see some amazing salad she has created. I need her to live closer.zellerssalads

I share all that to say….she and Eric are teaching their very first gardening workshop! I am so excited. Eric is a natural teacher. When you get him started on gardening, he comes alive and shares with passion. Lesley laughs and giggles a lot at him, which is pretty cute. She is also so gifted at communicating all she has learned as a gardener.

The workshop will be in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 11th. Registration begins today at 9:00am US Central and space is VERY limited. The workshop will take place in their garden!

You can find all the details on how to register on her blog www.recipeforcrazy.comzel3Lesley and Eric spent years soaking up gardening wisdom from my grandpa. Like Lesley and Eric, he didn’t live out in the country. He lived in the middle of town, only miles from the heart of the city. In his tiny little backyard he used every square inch to provide food for family and neighbors. He left a legacy that Lesley and Eric are continuing.5.15grandpa-015.15grandpa-03He had two chairs in his garden. One now sits in my garden. The others in the Zellers’. He would be ridiculously proud of Lesley and Eric. I wish he could see their garden and hear their stories, it would have made him so happy. When I visit their garden, it feels awfully close to visiting his…zellers5

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  • Dawn - So neat! We recently moved to a house with a much smaller yard but have hopes of putting in a garden. I do follow Lesley on IG and am so inspired by her garden.
    So, I don’t know your children or Lesley’s children’s names but I really hope someone is named Corbett after your grandfather! I love that name!! I know he was very special to your family! πŸ™‚

  • Amanda - I love following your sister’s instagram feed! She is a true gardening inspiration to me! And I’m sure your grandfather is watching from above with pride & love! ??

  • Jenn - love her ig and her awesome garden. great post
    how do you set up the little photos like you did?

  • Carrie Campbell - This is awesome!!! I wished I lived closer so I could hit up this workshop, such a good idea. πŸ™‚ I’ve got a green thumb, but it’s still learning the ropes. Sweet memorial of your grandparents too. πŸ™‚

  • Jenny - I sooo wish that I had a green thumb. There is something so peaceful about being in a garden or a greenhouse.

  • Jme - Soooo cool! Wish I could go. I love the pics of them and the ones of your grandpa. So proud of them

  • Tiffany LaBelle - Thank you for sharing your family and your extended family with all of us. What an inspiration you all are in gardening and craft and art…all things creative…and of course, your love for your family. It warms my heart to read your blog and I am very excited to check out your sister’s. I too wish I lived closer to attend a workshop! Thank you, Ashley Ann:)

  • Amy Cornwell - This is so sweet…what a legacy he left to his grandkids. I love that. Such a great example.

  • Emily - Her salads!!! I literally can’t get them out of my head most days!!
    I have a tiny one… a few tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and herbs.
    I dream of having the room to do ALL sorts. There is something about having dirt under your fingernails that makes me feel so very productive!

  • Jessica R - I love her IG posts. So wish I could attend the workshop but too far from Atlanta! Following her posts has made me more brave with my own garden πŸ™‚