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Meet Our Community: Jason Kay and Judy Hertz, bloggers at Garden in a City

Let’s get to know each other!

Since we’re not able to meet up in person this year, let’s meet online. Every week we’re introducing a member* of our Fling community here and on Instagram, in their own words. We’re excited to see what everyone’s talking about and sharing with their followers!

(*Any garden blogger, vlogger, podcaster, or Instagrammer who follows our Instagram or is a member of our Facebook group. If you’d like to be considered or recommend someone for a Meet Our Community profile, email us.)

Jason Kay and Judy Hertz

A garden should be a private island of beauty and benevolence, a retreat from a world containing an excess of ugliness and malice.

We’re not disciplined enough to be into just one kind of gardening. We like native plants, for sure, but not just natives. Tulips! Clematis! Gardening for bees, butterflies, and birds. Ours is sort of a prairie-style, cottagey garden with lots of colorful blooms, like Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). It grows 6 feet tall and sports fabulous, intensely orange daisies from midsummer until frost. Plus it’s a butterfly magnet!

Gardening in the Midwest, with its hot summers and freezing winters, keeps us on our toes. We live in suburban Chicago, whose motto is urbs in horto, or “city in a garden.” Our blog, Garden in a City, is mostly about our own garden, native plants and wildlife gardening, and visits to other gardens and related travel.

What drives us to share about gardening online? We crave praise and attention. 🙂 Blogging is a unique space for making friends and exchanging insights — enhanced beautifully by the Garden Bloggers Fling! Judy is the primary photographer, Jason the primary writer, although lately Judy has been writing more posts.

Our favorite garden is Monet’s garden at Giverny. We love its fullness, abundance, and explosions of color.


Thanks for sharing your work and your gardening passions with us, Jason and Judy! You can follow them on their blog, Garden in a City, and on Instagram.

Photographs courtesy of Judy Hertz.


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