About John

Charlotte, NC

Bio: John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.

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43 Responses to About John

  1. Meredith Stroud says:

    Thank you John for such a wonderful comment in your blog on my little wire vase! Your chose of flowers and well framed photo perhaps gave it ‘shine’ more than perhaps it deserved… but i don’t mind :-). It was a great pleasure to meet and spend time with both you and Tucker. I look forward to more times together as time goes by. Thank you again, Meredith


  2. Lucky you to live in Charlotte NC rather than here in MN. I envy you all your blooming flowers and shorter winters! One day I will move somewhere further south. In the meantime, I will happily follow your gardening adventures via this blog!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. b12alley says:

    What is that crazy bloom at the top of your blog? It looks like Mahonia leaves.


  4. b12alley says:

    I love that pic. Never looked so closely at the blooms before.


  5. Noelle says:

    Great little flowers, and who said that the vase of flowers need to last more than a day….sometimes I arrange really open flowers, and have them for a day or two. They look just gorgeous at that stage and are all the better for having matured on the plant.

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  6. Beth Midgette-Haemmerlein says:

    Good morning, John: I just wanted to stop by your blog to say thank you for the talk you gave last night. It was my first time at a MG event and I learned so much & left with so many ideas. Thank you for the gift of your time & knowledge!

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  8. SunDragonLady Choi says:

    Thank you John for your service. y father also served in the US Air Force. I also wanted to thank you for being my 100th follower. I made a post thanking you. http://sundragonlady.org/100-followers-reached/

    Happy New year!


  9. Kim says:

    I guess you’re getting ready for the Super Bowl, seeing the Carolina team is playing. I lived in your country for a decade (’96 – ’06) so got accustomed to your brand of football. I may watch the game (which is televised live here at 10:00am Monday). I visited your area a few times, and loved the Outer Banks. Anyway, a bit off topic, but wanted to say hi. All the best from Brisbane, Australia.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Glad to hear from you, Kim. I have seen an occasional broadcast of your Australian Rules football on TV and don’t quite understand it, but I could see it is also a heart grabbing game for the fans. I am a Carolina team fan, so we are quite excited about our chances.

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      • Kim says:

        Yes, Aussie Rules as we know it, is a huge game here. Just as are the 3 other versions of football. We are a sporting nation, that’s for sure. 🙂


  10. Thoughts at Teatime says:

    John I too love that photo of the Mahonia. It looks almost magical, as though some wee fairies are about to appear 🙂

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    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you for your comment. That was a plant in my former garden in Chapel Hill. I transplanted it from my Grandmother’s woods. Lots of sweet memories.


  11. sharingiscaring00 says:

    John it’s an honor to know you, THANK YOU FOR BEING IN THE NAVY, and for service for US and our country. My best friend from Security is a Retired Navy Captain. Bless YOU


  12. Thanks for the like on my post. This blogger is completely wonder and I’m glad I found it! I look forward to following.

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  13. John, you are the Golfer? Nice to meet you. I checked our your wife’s blog also.


  14. I’m very glad to meet you, John. I do believe I have run into a master gardener, all the pictures I looked at are great, you have the most outstanding garden I have been able witness. Thanks for all the great pictures.


  15. GP Cox says:

    Just happened to spot you on another site and thought I’d stop on by. Pleased to meet you and thank you for your service.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Hi John,
    Thanks for liking my page, but more importantly thank you for your life message. I am in the process of reinventing myself after teaching for a number of years. You are just one messenger on my road that let’s me know all is possible. Thank you… for being a life long learner.


  17. I never tire of plants. They are quiet listeners with an art all their own. I look forward to following your blog. Thank you for taking the time to stop by mine.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. chloeskye12 says:

    Hi John, thank you for visiting Chlohemian and liking my photo challenge response to “Graceful” :)!

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Thank you for your visit and like on my site! My dad retired from the Army and has loved the last place he was stationed in (El Paso). I’m glad you found your passion and enjoy your home now.


  20. Dana Harris says:

    I just found your site. I am looking forward to seeing more.


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