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Meet.....SHIRLEY BOVSHOW

 
 I met Shirley Bovshow when I joined Home and Family during its second season on Hallmark.  My radar was right about this remarkable woman - she is true to herself, devoted to her family, loyal to her small circle of friends, and one of the most thoughtful and energetic people I know.  In the world of TV, she is the genuine article, and in real life, she is the same person. A woman with immense talent, humor and even some fierce dance moves, I'm proud to call Shirley one of my best friends.  I'm so happy to be able to highlight this joyful woman this month and hope you enjoy too!    AND NOW MORE ABOUT SHIRLEY:    Shirley is the Garden Lifestyle expert on the Hallmark Channel’s “Home and Family,” show, a role she has filled since the show debuted in September 2012. Viewers look forward to Shirley’s weekly gardening segments that encompass everything from mini landscape makeovers, plant care, houseplants, vegetable and herbal gardening, floral design, creative flower crafts, and the favorite, “Ask Shirley” segments.  Shirley not only teaches viewers how to grow a rose, but she also shows them how to benefit from EVERY use of the rose; as a landscape plant; in a floral arrangement; as a pressed flower; dried for potpourri; distilled as rose water; and prepared as an herbal tea!  Her specialty? Shirley presents on all that’s great under the sun!   “My passion is bringing out the inner gardener in a person who is interested in gardening but may not know where to start. I like to make it fun for the viewer and deliver at least one “golden kernel” of information in every segment that makes even seasoned gardeners say, ‘I didn’t know that!’”’   Shirley’s relatable and down to earth personality has won viewers over who follow her to her social media sites to watch her popular weekly video series on her  Facebook page , “EdenMakers by Shirley Bovshow,” and on her  YouTube channel  .    A nationally recognized landscape and edible garden designer, Shirley has won numerous design awards including the coveted “Best in Houzz Design Award” from the leading online home improvement site every single year since 2012!   Pick up life lessons from the garden and tap into Shirley’s joyful energy by visiting her blogs, EdenMakers and  Foodie Gardener  and connect with her on  Facebook  page where she answers every comment 100%, every day in English and Spanish!   Shirley is married, has four children and two dogs and the most beautiful garden on her block!  FUN FACT ABOUT SHIRLEY:   she has the fastest growing gardening community on Facebook, due to 100% comment reply in English and Spanish!      Photo courtesy of  Jeremy Lee Photography

I met Shirley Bovshow when I joined Home and Family during its second season on Hallmark.  My radar was right about this remarkable woman - she is true to herself, devoted to her family, loyal to her small circle of friends, and one of the most thoughtful and energetic people I know.  In the world of TV, she is the genuine article, and in real life, she is the same person. A woman with immense talent, humor and even some fierce dance moves, I'm proud to call Shirley one of my best friends.  I'm so happy to be able to highlight this joyful woman this month and hope you enjoy too!

AND NOW MORE ABOUT SHIRLEY:

Shirley is the Garden Lifestyle expert on the Hallmark Channel’s “Home and Family,” show, a role she has filled since the show debuted in September 2012. Viewers look forward to Shirley’s weekly gardening segments that encompass everything from mini landscape makeovers, plant care, houseplants, vegetable and herbal gardening, floral design, creative flower crafts, and the favorite, “Ask Shirley” segments.  Shirley not only teaches viewers how to grow a rose, but she also shows them how to benefit from EVERY use of the rose; as a landscape plant; in a floral arrangement; as a pressed flower; dried for potpourri; distilled as rose water; and prepared as an herbal tea!  Her specialty? Shirley presents on all that’s great under the sun!   “My passion is bringing out the inner gardener in a person who is interested in gardening but may not know where to start. I like to make it fun for the viewer and deliver at least one “golden kernel” of information in every segment that makes even seasoned gardeners say, ‘I didn’t know that!’”’ 

Shirley’s relatable and down to earth personality has won viewers over who follow her to her social media sites to watch her popular weekly video series on her Facebook page, “EdenMakers by Shirley Bovshow,” and on her YouTube channel

A nationally recognized landscape and edible garden designer, Shirley has won numerous design awards including the coveted “Best in Houzz Design Award” from the leading online home improvement site every single year since 2012! 

Pick up life lessons from the garden and tap into Shirley’s joyful energy by visiting her blogs, EdenMakers and Foodie Gardener and connect with her on Facebook page where she answers every comment 100%, every day in English and Spanish! 

Shirley is married, has four children and two dogs and the most beautiful garden on her block!

FUN FACT ABOUT SHIRLEY:   she has the fastest growing gardening community on Facebook, due to 100% comment reply in English and Spanish!

 

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Lee Photography

 
 

KIDDOCJJ:  What was the last thing you had to EAT that was memorable, and why?

SHIRLEY:   I couldn't stop eating "Lubia polo" a Persian rice dish with dill, green beans, tomatoes and caramelized onions. The basmati rice was very aromatic and the "tadik" (burnt rice crust) was perfectly crunchy and addicting.  In general, rice is one of my comfort foods and I enjoy how it is prepared in every continent! Short grain, long grain, whole grain, brown rice, red rice, sticky, I love it all!

KIDDOCJJ:  What have you LEARNed that influences you daily or guides your decisions?

SHIRLEY:   I've been brushing up on my Spanish grammar through audio books. I have a large following of Spanish-speakers and I learn new common names for plants in Spanish every day!.

KIDDOCJJ:  What or where would you like to EXPLORE and why?

SHIRLEY:  I would like to explore the micro world - micro organisms and the smallest  forms of life. I need a microscope! I'd like to go on an archeological trip to ancient lands and visit a few rain forests. I'm fascinated by science, history, and culture. I don't want to leave this earth without understanding more than a few amazing facts about our world.

KIDDOCJJ:  Who or what INSPIREs you and why?

SHIRLEY:  Nature inspires me but so does genius human creativity! When I look out my window or am outdoors, my senses are in overdrive. I love to listen to the birds singing but have to close my eyes in order to distinguish the different calls. If I keep my eyes open and try to listen, I can only hear the cars passing by...weird. 

I'm in awe of the synchronicity of life governed by the setting and rising sun. Photoperiodism is the physiological reaction of organisms to the length of day or night for all life forms. It's no wonder that so many important elements of life are tied to the sun- it is one of the few things we can count on every day.

I enjoy clever ideas. Practical solutions that are multifunctional are even better.

Kindness is King for me. I don't care how successful someone is, or how talented they are, I am most impressed by a kind heart.

KIDDOCJJ:  Any last thoughts, Shirley?

SHIRLEY:  I'm a happy wife, mom of 4; I love plants but I love people even more!

Pictured above:  Shirley and her husband Larry, a beautiful corner of her garden, with 3 of her kids, and with me in my kitchen.

Shirley's blogs:

EdenMakers.com (garden design, makeovers, floral crafts, plant care)

FoodieGardener.com  (how to grow food)
 

be sure to follow shirley on:

Facebook.com/EdenMakers

Facebook.com/FoodieGardener
Instagram.com/ShirleyBovshow