Connecticut Horticultural Society (CHS) was lucky to get Heidi as part of a ‘two-fer.” She is married to Brett Isaacson who is also on the board and is one of the owners of Friendship Tours who creates the interesting trips CHS and other organizations offer. As you might expect, Heidi has been involved with the Travel Committee. She also serves as Treasurer for CHS.
Why and when did you join CHS? I joined after Brett (Isaacson) and I were married in 2017. I was attending every meeting anyway, why not join?!
Describe your gardening style. That would be container gardening. We live in a condo with very little space for a ‘real’ garden. But each year I grow my little ‘deck garden.’
What do you like best about your own garden? Since I’m using containers, I can start fresh each year with a different color theme or mood. I especially like oranges and yellows. Often, the Spring Nursery Crawl trip is my seasonal inspiration as is the guidance of other CHS gardeners.
Which plant(s) do you wish you could grow but can’t? Due to space limitations, I can’t grow squash, melons or poppies.
Did someone in your life inspire you to become interested in horticulture and floral design? I lived in England for 3 years and loved the beautiful containers and window boxes around each home. I also loved being able to grow roses year round.
What gardens do you like to visit? Tropical gardens are my favorite. The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is one that comes to mind.
What is your biggest gardening success? Low maintenance plants and ‘rescued’ plants seem to do well in my care. The ones I rescue seem to appreciate me more than any new plant that I have purchased.
What is your biggest gardening mistake? Every year I buy lobelia. Every year it dies.
What are you working on now? Brett and I are planning a trip to the Mediterranean – Rome, Sicily, Tunisia, Algiers, Spain. I’m looking forward to seeing new and different plants along the way
And when you’re not gardening…? You’ll find me working, traveling, making jewelry and photographing.
Care to share a fact about yourself that others may find surprising? I’m a wiz at Excel – especially pivot tables!