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An interview with Ruth Rogers Clausen

by Timber Press on August 17, 2011

in Design, Gardening

Jean Ann Van Krevelen of White Willow Media and Gardener to Farmer recently interviewed Ruth Rogers Clausen, author of 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants. Ruth shares some insight for beginning gardeners and her thoughts on deer-resistant gardening.

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What is your number one favorite way to deal with deer in the garden?

Use deer-resistant plants.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing you’ve ever heard or tried to deal with deer?

This is true. I knew a woman who never had deer problems until her husband died. It turns out he would pee along the property line every evening, while taking a stroll.

How did you get started gardening?

With my mother and grandmother at a very early age. They were both fanatics and had beautiful gardens.

What recommendations would you have for the beginning gardener?

Don’t be afraid of doing something wrong. If the plants live, there are no rights and wrongs in gardening. If the plant dies, then you did something wrong! Read and learn from books, blogs and lectures wherever you can. Go for it—your taste is as important as any fancy garden designers!

Thank you to both Jean Ann and Ruth for this interview!

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1 Susan August 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I just found this for my daughter who is a beginning gardener and must deal with deer. The book is great for beginners and experienced gardeners alike! I plan to share it with my fellow Master Gardeners.

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