The Lifelong Gardener, Toni Gattone
I'd love to start by having you tell listeners exactly like where you are in your garden life and practice what it looks like right now, your relationship to plants, oh? Golly. Well, you know like you I have my gardens never looked better. Because I'm home. I'm I'm not going out and so all the weeds are gone and we live in a very small piece of property in. Marin. County in the town of Lark spor-. and. We have to elevated raise beds we have about. Thirty. Containers. And Vertical Gardens. And they are all chock full. Of veggies and fruits. I've got a aspired apple tree was six different kinds of apples, which is very when you have a really tiny yard blueberries that are, oh my gosh. That's like the fifth year of of their life in containers and a we have more blueberries this year than we've ever ever had. So and I got of course I've got roses and ornamental season But I have to say the roses have become the bane of my existence in the garden because I'm always fighting black spun. what are you GonNa do it you need to hear you either GonNa live with it or you're going to pull them out. Right and I did I I did decrease them only got five rose bushes now. And they better behaved here. That's all I can say that's what I on when I go. Okay. You gave and where you are in Marin what what does own would that be sixteen, sixteen seventeen okay. All right. So you are you are cooler by quite a bit than than me and warmer in the winter and interesting I. I love the idea of the blueberries in containers, and of course, the vertical gardening and the raised bed gardening in the container gardening is all going to be part of what we're talking about. Give us though I wanNA. Go back a little bit because I think you have a really great gardening of history and story yourself that brought you to this love, and then the work that you're doing with this love, will you take us back to the people and places and plants that grew you into a garden and plant loving person Tony Well, I think the the great inspiration stare into my grandfather's backyard in Chicago. He was an amazing gardener I mean you could. You could eat it seemed like each blade of grass in his backyard was was healthy and. Vibrant. His roses I never saw any sign of disease anywhere and he had a very small but jury productive Vegetable Garden and I I always saw the joy that was on his face when he was sharing with us the flowers in the fruits of his Labor. And continued with my mom and my mom, and I had a beautiful. Relationship, we were like two old shoes we used to say. she she was very supportive of me and whatever I felt like I needed to do. It was like, okay great. You know one of the the pivotal moments in my life was the Loma. PRIETA earthquake. Because that year my father passed away and then when the earthquake happened. My Foundation was shaken to the core. Yeah. What year was that Tony Eighty Nine and. I made up my mind when I finally got on the ferry to come home and I could see San Francisco inflames. And I said, I don't WanNa do this anymore. I don't WanNa work in downtown. San Francisco. And I applied for an equity line on my home, and soon as that goes proved I, quit my job in downtown San Francisco and I sat in my garden say now what? And my garden gave me of the inspiration to start a business in the garden industry. I didn't know what I was going to do but. Eventually, I found my way to find beautiful products that I loved and manufacturers that I wanted to represent and then slowly, but surely I added. To My company and I would find the products that good a garden shows and find the products and train them, and they would go out. We would all go out and sell the products to nurseries and gift stores and hardware stores all over California. And I loved it. I loved it was so much fun. but eventually I, I lost my my passion for that it took twenty eight years but. I walked away from that and twenty eighteen so that I could you know focus on being a speaker and author?