My friend Kate has kept a garden journal for years, and what I realized the last time I paged through it with her is that it’s the story of a life: “Drove up on November 14, a sunny day.” “Echinacea patch replanted, August 2013.” “Went to the farm and bought avocados.”
On every page of a good garden journal, a memory comes alive. Here’s a photo of Kate’s roses in bloom last spring. Here’s the butterfly that loved the blue scabiosa. Poppies in bloom, kids home for a visit.
Kate is a lucky woman, flipping through the years, the pages of a happy life. It makes me want to keep my own garden journal. How about you?
Here are 10 garden journals to fill with photos, dried flowers, notes on the weather, memories:
Four Seasons Notebooks
Velvety Softcover Notebook
Lined Leather Notebook
Journal, with App
Recycled Paper Notebook
Metal Edged Notebook
Handbound Leather Journal
N.B.: Wondering what to sketch and write about in your gardener’s journal? See Dear Diary: A Garden Journal.