Dolly Sickles is an experienced gardener who’s been cultivating her green thumb for the last twenty-five years. She’s an avid practitioner of practical gardening learned through trial and error, and best practices gleaned from folks she meets in the community. She started writing about gardening in 2003, with The Optimistic Gardener, which ran in The Apex Herald until 2007. Her blog Gardening Gloves ran on WRAL dot com from 2007 – 2009, and now that she’s got time to play out in the dirt again, she brought back The Optimistic Gardener to The Chatham News & Record. She lives in Chatham County with her family, where she’s also a novelist and an adjunct instructor in CCCC’s Creative Writing Program.