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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