My name is Lu Van Zeeland and I am happy to return to tend Quimby’s gardens again this season. Seven years ago, with fellow gardener Sarah Dole, we began the process of reclaiming and enhancing the gardens on this extraordinary piece of property. I feel joy with my hands in the dirt caring for the plants, sensing out as I go along where to move, add, or expand things to create the most beauty.
I have particularly enjoyed getting to know the guests and fellow gardeners while doing my job, and we have learned from one another as we shared our knowledge and love of gardening. I look forward to reconnecting with those folks and meeting new guests this season.
After many years of splitting my time living and working up north here in the summers and in Montpelier, Vermont (at Morse Farm Ski Touring Center) in the winters, I now make Averill my year-around home. The deep quiet of this region feeds my soul. You will often see me outdoors, riding my bike to work at Quimby’s, kayaking or swimming at Averill Lake, hiking on the Quimby trails, Averill and Brousseau Mountains, or walking along Cottage Road. I also enjoy exploring over the border in the Coaticook region of Canada, and have discovered some wonderful cycling and food tasting routes I am happy to share.
My daughter Meredith lives locally in Newport, Vermont and my son Sam lives in Stowe, Vermont.
I look forward to experiencing and contributing to the beauty and magic of Quimby Country again this season.
We are so appreciative of the beauty Lu shares with Quimby’s guests. She cares for Quimby’s gardens as if they were her children. Her knowledge is deep and she is always willing to share this knowledge with our guests. We encourage you to take time to introduce yourself to Lu and to talk about the gardens. They have a story to tell. Thank you Lu!