From The Pros

These gardening pros look forward to the cooler weather of fall. Read what inspires them.

“I love the Fall season.  The lack of humidity and the cooler crisp air is a real invitation to get out and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer us, especially after such a brutally hot, humid summer. The birds seem happier, the hummers gain activity at the feeders and it is fun to be outside.  The possibilities for dressing up the gardens as well,with pumpkins, gourds, pansies, and so much more is a breath of fresh air for me.”

Sandi Hillermann McDonald, Hillermann Nursery & Florist, 2601 E. 5th Street,  Washington, MO 63090. 636 239-6729,   www.hillermann.com

“September is a great time to enjoy the slower pace of the fall gardening chores. Many of the things summer has been beating us up over, (i.e. weeds, heat, watering) are becoming less and less of a chore and the fruits of the labor are coming to fruition. By September we have all picked wonderful things to eat and admirer and are looking forward to the fall crops being harvested. The fall season is truly the time of year were your sensibilities for the cool fall breeze and the taste of cooked squash and the smell of your traditional mum plant by the front door. Try to take a second and breath deep while you are in the fall harvest mode and enjoy the things you have worked all season to relish.”

Randy Greene, Greene’s Country Store & Feed, 8621 Hwy N, Lake St. Louis, 63367, 636-561-6637, www. greenescountrystore.com.

“I find that if I start small, weeding and deadheading a small patch of my garden, the results are noticeable enough that I’m motivated to get back out there and give my garden the TLC its been missing in the heat of the summer. I’ve spent the past several weeks just watering; now I’m ready to get reacquainted with my flowers!”

Kim Reiss, Manager Sugar Creek Gardens, 1011 N. Woodlawn, Kirkwood  63122, 314-965-3070, www.sugarcreekgardens.com.