Inspirations - Anne Schellman

Introducing Anne Schellman from the gardening website Anne of Green Gardens. She's a horticulturalist.

It was actually a picture on Anne's website that inspired me to create my own fairy village. I can also relate to her gardening philosophy, "If you’ve never killed a plant, you’re not trying hard enough!" because I have definitely killed a few plants in my day.

In addition to her website, Anne is pursuing a dream and trying to get her book about miniature gardening published through her Kickstarter project. Take a minute to learn more about her project.

Please note, all of the beautiful photos in this post were taken by Anne's friend, Holly Guenther.

What do you create? 

I write blogs about how to garden, and recently became fascinated with miniature gardens. I met my friend Nancy who has a huge backyard fairy and gnome garden. It inspired me to make my own miniature gardens and to write a book about it.


What or who inspires you in your gardening and/or your life? 

My grandfather was a big influence. His name was Ferdinando and he was first generation Italian. He had an amazing garden full of flowers, nuts and fruits. As a little girl I visited him every weekend and helped him pick boysenberries, shell peas or crack walnuts. This made me want to grow my own food and flowers at home, so I saved up nickels and dimes and asked my mom to help me send away for seeds. I was so excited when they arrived!

What’s your philosophy about gardening and/or life? 

One of my first jobs was at a garden center where I made a friend who taught me a lot about gardening and life. One day I confessed to her “Sometimes I kill my plants.” To which she replied, “If you’ve never killed a plant, you’re not trying hard enough!” This has become my gardening philosophy.

Why do you create? 

I started my blog in 2011 because I missed talking about plants (at the time my job was in another field.

What other interests do you have? 

At 18 years old I didn’t know “who” I wanted to be so I took an aptitude test. It had over 100 random questions and I had to wait for 2 weeks to find out my destiny. When the envelope arrived I was shocked to read my top job recommendation was “mortician.”

Several years later I developed a keen interest in insects and started a collection. To get an insect to look just right, I freeze them (considered the most humane way to kill them) and as they thaw, I reposition their wings and legs. One day it occurred to me in retrospect that the test had been right; I was a bug mortician! I use my collection to teach both children and adults about insects.

Is gardening and writing a hobby, business, or something in between? 

Right now writing is a hobby. I have a “day” job but dream of being an author, speaker and having a television show. I had a local television show for about a year, but it was really difficult to continue with a 40 hour job. The shows are now online at,

Right now, with my Kickstarter project in the works, I’m very close to my dream of being an author! My Kickstarter is about miniature gardens and features a cameo by my friend Nancy’s very cute bunny named Coconut.

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