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Occupation Garden Writer, Designer
Introduction stonewellgarden@yahoo.com For as long as I can remember, I have gathered both inspiration and great comfort from being close to the earth. The alley behind my childhood home was the scene of my very first gardening exploits, and there I spent hours digging up wild violets and sweet clover, transplanting them into my own “secret” garden. Those same alleyways provided a bountiful supply of hollyhocks for doll making, and plenty of precious rocks to outline my tiny garden beds. My grandpa was my first garden mentor, feeding his friends and family all through the great depression, and for years after, with the bounty of his vegetable gardens. He often took me along on his weekend garden treks to the countryside . Out there, on borrowed scraps of land, he planted, hoed and harvested, yet he never made me work! Instead, I was free to watch, wander and explore, absorbing more than I realized. The seeds planted by those memories so many years ago have sprouted and grown, and the bountiful harvest is an endless bouquet of gardening pleasures and pursuits, inspiring my work and filling my life.
Interests Author, lecturer, illustrator, designer and gardener, Jan Powers has been happily involved in the world of herbs, gardening, designing and writing for over 30 years. From Stone Well Herbs, a garden and herb shop created by Jan in 1984, to the present Stone Well Gardens, home base for her design studio and workshop, Jan’s life and business has grown and evolved. Pursuits presently include lectures and programs, free lance writing, illustrating, and garden design consulting. She is presently working on writing and illustrating a new book featuring theme gardens. Jan is a member of the Peoria Herb Guild, the Herb Society of America, the Royal Horticultural Society, The Beatrix Potter Society, and the Garden Writers Association. The gardens surrounding her century-old Victorian home have been featured on many garden tours. She is the author of a monthly gardening column in the Peoria Journal Star entitled “Herb Thyme”, and her work and gardens have been featured in Crafts Magazine, Midwest Living, Victorian Homes, Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas, Family Circle, and Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion. She has contributed articles in The Joy of Herbs, The Herb Companion, Herbal Treasures, and authored two books, A Victorian Herbal and Decorating With Herb Stencils. Jan and her husband Mike occupy a century-old Victorian farmhouse surrounded by an acre of gardens that they lovingly tend in tribute to the three generations of gardeners who came before them. An original carriage house on the property serves as workshop, garden shed, and studio for Jan