Inland Northwest, High Desert Editor
Twin Falls, ID
A welcoming garden of daylilies and more in my front yard.
My roses just keep blooming
My "Chicago Fire" daylily in full bloom.
I love planting geraniums in containers around our house.
An ex-Navy brat, Cathy Walworth has lived all over America. But she likes the high desert best. She lives at Double Dober Rose Ranch, which is comprised of four acres of sagebrush and dog trails outside Twin Falls, Idaho. Dobermutts Fred and Gus play tag among the roses (hopefully not running through them), while Cathy surveys the landscape from the window of her home office. Red-tailed hawks stop by for lunch.
Although Cathy holds a degree in corporate training from Idaho State University, horticulture has always been her true passion. At age 7, she began tagging along with her Uncle Val, an estate gardener. Formal education came from Master Gardener programs at Washington State University and Oregon State University, followed by a wide range of continuing education classes. She has taught horticulture at the College of Southern Idaho, as well as a greenhouse management workshop for vocational educators.
Cathy's weekly column, Green Thumbprints, has appeared in various Western newspapers since 1985. Along with other freelance projects, she edits gardening columns for two Web sites.
A Consulting Rosarian for the American Rose Society, Cathy provides free expertise to rose fanciers close to home and throughout cyberspace. In Twin Falls, she organized the Magic Valley Rose Society and led the creation of a commemorative rose garden in town.
But roses aren't her only fancy. She chairs the Twin Falls City Tree Commission and campaigned for Twin Falls to become a "Tree City USA" in 1999. She also has promoted community beautification projects such as "Business is Blooming," which won an international award in 1994.