Shelley’s Story

Landscape Journeys My parents traveled overseas after my dad's Army career with me in tow - I suppose visions of the lands of Asia Minor & Macedonia are lodged in my brain somewhere!

Landscape Journeys
My parents traveled overseas after my dad’s Army career with me in tow – I suppose visions of the lands of Asia Minor & Macedonia are lodged in my brain somewhere!

Gardening Influence Every visit to my Great-Grammy Neel's home in Fresno, CA began with a tour of her garden, greeted by her big smile, heaps of love and a fresh flower tucked in her

Gardening Influence
Every visit to my Great-Grammy Neel’s home in Fresno, CA began with a tour of her garden, greeted by her big smile, heaps of love and a fresh flower tucked in her hair.

Cooking Influence My mom loves to cook and garden-fresh ingredients magnify her joy! I remember once she came home from the Berkeley Bowl with a big bunch of basil and thrust it to my nose—her sheer excitement over the scent and its possibilities for our dinner’s delight has infused me for life. I am always happy to add herbs to everything. Every recipe for our website passes on her joy.

Cooking Influence
My mom loves to cook and garden-fresh ingredients magnify her joy! I remember once she came home from the Berkeley Bowl with a big bunch of basil and thrust it to my nose—her sheer excitement over the scent and its possibilities for our dinner’s delight has infused me for life. I am always happy to add herbs to everything. Every recipe for our website passes on her joy.

Our family settled in Northern California, a Mediterranean-type climate….

Our family settled in Northern California, a Mediterranean-type climate….

 

….with occasional adventures to the wilderness of Nevada.

….with occasional adventures to the wilderness of Nevada.

A day playing in the dirt with my brother Rex. Some moments seem to imprint us forever - the free abandon my parents gave us to play and have fun molding the soil has forever removed my fears of mud…

A day playing in the dirt with my brother Rex. Some moments seem to imprint us forever – the free abandon my parents gave us to play and have fun molding the soil has forever removed my fears of mud…

 

….which was a good thing since I would someday have an increase of boys!

….which was a good thing since I would someday have an increase of boys!

 

My first job, J.Miller Flowers in Oakland, CA

My first job
J.Miller Flowers Oakland, CA

I loved working with the flowers and had no idea I would someday write about them

CU Boulder seal

College days!  University of Colorado, Boulder
B.A. Psychology, 1988

 

 

UIC logo

More College University of Illinois, Chicago Master of Archtitecture, 1991

 

 

Shelley with Topher UIC Graduation Day

celebrating UIC Graduation day

 

Married to Topher July 6, 1991

Married to Topher July 6, 1991…

& Moved to Texas He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. 2 Samuel 22:20 NIV

… and Moved to Texas!

He brought me out into a spacious place;

he rescued me because he delighted in me.

2 Samuel 22:20 NIV

Our Family Grows

Our Family Grew…

 

Our Garden Grows

…Our Garden Grew…

inspiriation-God's Word for Gardeners CP

…lots of reading and faith along the way…

Zondervan Offices, Grand Rapids, MI All Leading to a Book Contract. Who Knew??

Zondervan Offices, Grand Rapids, MI
…All Leading to a Book Contract. Who Knew??

With God All Things Are Possible

Matthew 19:26 NIV

got the book!

First copy arrived!!
God’s Word for Gardeners Bible

Victory pic with girls at Beless party

celebrating with daughters Emma & Grace

See I am doing a new thing

Isaiah 43:19 NIV

typewriter in flower bed

A New Career in garden writing…

Gardeners Bible at Carrollton Farmers Market

…book signing…

Shelley S Cramm garden speaker

…garden club speaking…
From now on I will tell you of new things, of hiddden things unknown to you (Isaiah 48:6 NIV)

Signing new books with BRIT

Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth, TX
…a new collaboration! Garden devotions illustrated with herbarium speciemns and botanical artwork from BRIT’s immense collections
COMING SOON to a garden gift shop near you

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