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It's Your Turn - Come Celebrate ATP!

By dave
January 8, 2015

You, the members, are the heart and soul of ATP. Trish and I celebrate all of you!

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jan 7, 2015 7:31 PM CST
It is a gift to have formed very close friendships with members from ATP.
Each year those bonds strengthen, and some times we even get to have a gathering so we can meet in person. The amazing part is that we seem to have been friends forever when we meet the first time. Lovey dubby
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Jan 7, 2015 7:39 PM CST
Yes Lynn! Smiling
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jan 7, 2015 7:41 PM CST
Aww, David you have been such a gift to me. You have encouraged me to try some new things. Thank you my friend.
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
Cat Lover Hibiscus Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Miniature Gardening Keeper of Poultry Herbs Foliage Fan Farmer Dragonflies
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DavidofDeLand
Jan 7, 2015 8:04 PM CST
We are friends Lynn. I miss your old avatar that showed your kind face. I knew that was a face of a friend then. Smiling
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jan 7, 2015 8:16 PM CST
How about this one David. Smiling
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
Cat Lover Hibiscus Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Miniature Gardening Keeper of Poultry Herbs Foliage Fan Farmer Dragonflies
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DavidofDeLand
Jan 7, 2015 8:45 PM CST
That is a keeper Lynn. What to say. The kindness was apparent even then. I'm seeing a dash of childhood spunk in that face to. Ever have fun playing innocent pranks on Grandma or Grandpa, cousins or siblings? Smiling

Keep that one for a while Lynn. You should have been with Annette and the gang as a Mouseketeer when I was growing up. Of course then;...no one would have noticed Annette! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Ferns Daylilies Irises Cat Lover
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Sharon
Jan 7, 2015 9:01 PM CST
Smooth, David, verrrrry smooth! Thumbs up But I agree, Lynn's cute face.

Lynn, those kinds of friendships, friends as soon as you meet, friends that you feel you've known forever. . . well, I call them 'new old friends'. Smiling
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jan 7, 2015 9:07 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

The great community of friends here is probably our strongest aspect of ATP. We're grateful for all the great people here. It's an oasis of friendliness and happiness.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jan 7, 2015 10:07 PM CST
David, I was not a prankster when I was young, that came when I got older. Green Grin!
I spent most of my free time with animals, both tame and wild when I was growing up.
And I loved the Mouseketeers, I never missed an episode. MIC KEY MOUSE. And I loved Annette, she was so sweet and kind.
And the Jungle Book series. I wanted to go live in the jungle with Mowgli and all the animals.

Sharon, you are a very dear friend to me, you and Nap (Nancy) are the ones that helped me to open up and share some of my inner thoughts. I will love you forever for that. Group hug
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Ferns Daylilies Irises Cat Lover
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Sharon
Jan 7, 2015 10:13 PM CST
Ahhhh, Lynn, it's that magic new old friend thing.

The truth is we just got you started and I just helped you with a word or two. It's when you came to ATP that the real fun began and then you became who you are supposed to be. ATP was the comfort zone you had reached, and here you found something you had never had before. The one thing you most needed in your life, I think. Smiling
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jan 7, 2015 10:21 PM CST
It is true that my comfort zone was found in Cubits and ATP. I am blessed to have them both, and all the people that come with them. Lovey dubby
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
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woofie
Jan 7, 2015 10:34 PM CST
We nurture more than just plants here. Smiling
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Jan 7, 2015 10:41 PM CST
Ain't that the truth... Lovey dubby
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jan 7, 2015 11:48 PM CST
woofie said:We nurture more than just plants here. Smiling


That is true woofie.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Jan 8, 2015 12:02 PM CST
valleylynn said:It is a gift to have formed very close friendships with members from ATP.
Each year those bonds strengthen, and some times we even get to have a gathering so we can meet in person. The amazing part is that we seem to have been friends forever when we meet the first time. Lovey dubby


So true. I do just love my ATP friends! Can't do without them.
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Plays in the sandbox Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Tip Photographer The WITWIT Badge
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Plumerias Hummingbirder Dog Lover
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gingin
Jan 8, 2015 2:41 PM CST
I first joined "The Family" at DG the day after 9-11, I believe. Then on to Cubits and now ATP. It's been a wonderful journey...not just the plant related parts, but also the loving support and friendships formed. You all were so wonderful to me while Bill was sick and dying. And 3 short months later when I had to send D*O*G to Rainbow Bridge, lovemyhouse sent the vet a thank-you note for not only not charging me, but also for paying to have him creamated. And greene volunteering to come here from Savannah to dog and house sit when I go to see my daughter. This community is truely remarkable. I have learned so much....and hopefully at times been helpful to others. I condider it a privilage to be part of the wonderful ATP family because really that's what we are. Group hug Lovey dubby Group hug Lovey dubby
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
Cat Lover Hibiscus Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Miniature Gardening Keeper of Poultry Herbs Foliage Fan Farmer Dragonflies
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DavidofDeLand
Jan 8, 2015 3:22 PM CST
Group hug is right!

Smiling I'm hugging you all as I right. We'll keep up the good works!

I still love that picture Lynn! You look like someone who would have been one of my very best friends in grade school! Angel
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Jan 8, 2015 4:07 PM CST
gingin said:I first joined "The Family" at DG the day after 9-11, I believe. Then on to Cubits and now ATP. It's been a wonderful journey...not just the plant related parts, but also the loving support and friendships formed. You all were so wonderful to me while Bill was sick and dying. And 3 short months later when I had to send D*O*G to Rainbow Bridge, lovemyhouse sent the vet a thank-you note for not only not charging me, but also for paying to have him creamated. And greene volunteering to come here from Savannah to dog and house sit when I go to see my daughter. This community is truely remarkable. I have learned so much....and hopefully at times been helpful to others. I condider it a privilage to be part of the wonderful ATP family because really that's what we are. Group hug Lovey dubby Group hug Lovey dubby


Group hug Group hug Group hug Group hug Group hug
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jan 8, 2015 5:06 PM CST
And like Ginger, I have a story of a Cubits/ATP garden friend that came to the hospital in Salem, OR the day I almost lost Cliff. Kin (floraSeeker_OR), the first time we had met in person. He sat with me the entire time of the surgery, a young giant of a man with a very tender heart. I will never forget him and his kindness.


David I agree with you about friends in grade school. I think many of use would have been wonderful friends in our early life.
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
Cat Lover Hibiscus Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Miniature Gardening Keeper of Poultry Herbs Foliage Fan Farmer Dragonflies
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DavidofDeLand
Jan 8, 2015 5:22 PM CST
What a special very short story of a clearly special and difficult time Lynn. Those are the sort of memories that mold us as individuals and help us to be more aware of others and their own specialness when shared. Thank you! Smiling

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