Our friend Chris First, known to us as Ladygardener1 passed away on September 9th after a battle with cancer. She joined us on April 4th, 2006 and was an active and well-loved member of our Mid-Atlantic Forum.
Chris loved growing flowers and vegetables and often shared her knowledge with the folks in the Beginner Forums. She guided newbies with the grace of a seasoned teacher and was able to help without being overbearing or judgmental. Her gentle lessons are a wonderful legacy and new gardeners will benefit from her experience even years from now.
Her smile lit up the forums and while we are grateful that we had this time with her, she will be missed very much.
Chris was a joy to know, gentle and compassionate with tiny plants, with her friends & family, and with anybody who needed a helping hand.
She helped me through a rocky time even while fighting her own battle. She was passionate about meeting the needs of others dealing with breast cancer, about the need for making information and resources readily available as well as providing more personal support.
I got to know her first as a gardener and plant lover, and the more I came to know her, the more proud and grateful I was to call her my friend.
I just got the news yesterday, and even though, with her prolonged absence, I'd begun fearing the worst, I hoped she was just taking some time to rest and regain her strength before coming back. Her spirit was so indomitable, I truly wanted to think she could just keep on keeping on... :-(
I hope she was able to take that long-planned family trip to the mountains in August!
Such a wonderful lady and I'm so glad I got to know her, if only on-line. May she rest in peace, and I know her legacy will live forever, in our hearts, and through all the gifts she so freely shared with us all, whether it was plants, recipes or just kind words.
Chris was one of my first DG Friends. Both of us new to DG and we bonded quickly. My fondest memory was getting to meet her in person at our Plant Swap in 2009. We sat on the front porch just the two of us and talked for a short while. She has enriched both My Gardens and My Life. I told her once that she reminded me of a strong oak tree standing firm, roots digging in deep, weathering the storm of her illness. Her courage, kindest and grace will all ways be with me.
It was a joy to have known Chris through these threads. I'll think of her whenever I see Disneyworld, columbines, or the ''hang in there'' kitty that she liked. She gave us Mid Atlantics lots of good garden advice and seeds, too. And so many great recipes. What a model of taking life as it comes and making the best of it. She'll be missed by many. She'll be remembered in my garden for years to come.
I only met Chriss once, at the Plant swap at Hollies' house. She gave me a little hydrangea which I bought home and planted. When I moved out of my house the hydrangea came with me. Every time I look out at it I think of Chris and am happy that I met her. Rest in peace and love.
Goodbye my friend, you will be missed by so many. Chris gave me inspiration throughout her battle and I am proud and blessed to have had her as a friend. She may have lost the battle, but she is a winner to all of us and will live on in our hearts forever.
I just loved that she and Paul were able to visit us for the plant swap, meeting her in person and chatting that day made our future exchanges all the more meaningful. Her spirit and grace in the face of her illness gave others strength and endeared her to anyone she touched. She truly was the Lady Gardner, and is missed. RIP
Oh Sally, It is such a beautiful spring day that Chris has made more beautiful for me with plants and seeds she shared. My columbine will bloom soon. Chris showed me it is possible and very nice to grow COlumbine around maple trees.
Billy, I miss you. Seems as though our paths don't cross much anymore. I'm not posting as much as before, don't seem to have time to venture out into DG very far or often.
We are hosting a plant swap this spring, it will be the second time we hosted and I was just thinking the other day that Chris was at our last swap. She sure is missed.
So do I.
Not sure how much posting I will be doing. Ric and I are hosting a swap in May and a Garden Tour in Sept so I will have to try and keep things as nice as I can. Plus I am working at Lowes again this summer. I hope all is going well for you.