The son, grandson, and great-grandson of farmers and gardeners, Douglas L. Bishop, the chief editor of gardenvoice.com
, was born and raised on a small farm in east Tennessee.
Much of his love for and his knowledge of gardening came from those early days.
His grandmother was an enthusiastic and diligent gardener all her life.
In addition, she was also a great inspiration to Doug by encouraging and nurturing his interests in literature and in creative writing.
He recalls that he was only about eight years old when she awarded him her own personal copy of “The Complete Works Of O. Henry” so that he could read, study, and learn “how it was done.”
His grandfather not only farmed, but was also a school teacher and an officer of the local court system.
Doug recalls that his grandfather had an amazing vocabulary and was never heard to use slang expressions nor profanity. He was proficient in all aspects of farming and was knowledgeable about the mysteries of Nature, including planting according to the phases of the moon.
Doug directed his love for the great outdoors onto a more academic path at the University of Tennessee where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry.
It was during a summer job working for the U.S. Forest Service in Montana that Doug took a greater interest in photography, finding himself in awe of the incredible beauty of the landscape in “Big Sky Country.”
Doug has worked in some aspect of horticulture or landscape management all his life, and he now hopes to pass along his knowledge of and his enthusiasm for all things green.
This website seeks to combine three of Doug’s lifelong and ongoing interests: gardening, writing, and photography.
It is his sincere hope that this site will be a source of useful information, a catalyst for seeking additional information, and a comfortable place to visit for inspiration and entertainment.
As he always likes to say…..”Have a happy time along the garden path; don’t forget to listen for the GardenVoice”…..