About The River

Monday, June 21, 2021

An article in the Newspaper!

 August of 2018 our local newspaper did a story about  The Little Garden That Could.  We were hosting our first garden tour and Rice Lake Chronotype journalist, Ruth, came for the tour as well and did an interview with me.

Click below for the post I shared regarding our first garden tour.

Hosting our first garden tour.

 This early spring I received a message from Ruth that said the following..

"Hi Carla, I will be doing a story on Laurie Broome of Cumberland who read the cut flowers book you recommended in your story and plans to start a cut flower business. You inspired her, isn't that cool?"

Below I share some of the recent interview with Laurie.

"To further help her dreams to bloom, Broome read about The Little Garden That Could, a cut flower business by Carla TePaske of Cameron, who in August 22,2018, Chronotype story recommended the book "Cut Flower Garden" by Erin Benzakein of Floret Farms."


How exciting.. to have inspired someone to keep pressing on to achieve a dream. You just never know what kind of impact you will give another person. My interview for the newspaper was printed in 2018. Laurie read it, worked hard, created her own flower business and had her own interview with the paper, which will inspire another.


And know that, yes, what you do matters. Hang in there. Keep going. Keep shining your light. Let us stand united in hope, in beauty and in joy.

Anne B

My Giant Strawberry  



  1. That is very impressive, Carla. It sounds like you inspired this lady, and she went out and started her own flower business. You inspire us as well with all the wonderful things you do and say. Your blog is like a breath of fresh air. : )


  2. The ultimate compliment! How wonderful. and your effect is far reaching!! Wonderful

  3. You are a local celebrity, and a mentor and inspiration. How wonderful to know your life is having such a wonderful impact on people!

  4. This is so special, Carla. You know what they say: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I guess inspiring someone to follow in your footsteps is even better. I am so proud of you and your garden. xoxo

  5. That's so awesome! I'm sure you inspire so many people!!

  6. Oh Carla how sweet and what a great compliment for you. This is amazing. Please frame this sweet article to remember this special inspirational moment. I wish I lived close to enjoy your little garden that could fresh flowers. I know it gives you so much excitement to see your flowers grow and be beautiful but then you get even more with sharing your flowers with others so they can enjoy the beauty you see in your garden. You are amazing my friend. Well deserved. Congrats. xoxo Kris

  7. That's so cool that you were able to pass on your love of flowers to another local farmer! Thanks for sharing this!

  8. What a beautiful story your shared. You should be so proud of yourself.

  9. My compute* will print the lette*, only randomly.
    But I have read here, today.
    😏 💻 😏 💻 😏 💻 😏 💻 😏


  10. That's wonderful! Wonderful to be an inspiration to others. xoxo Su

  11. Congratulations on the mention in the article. I always taught my girls that there are two types of people: Encouragers and discouragers. Isn't it super-cool that you had such a positive affect on someone's life! This is great!!!

  12. A very inspiring story, and it's all because of you. You let your little light shine and someone's path was illuminated. Thanks for sharing this. I bet your whole family is proud of you. Keep being that light and let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

  13. I'm so proud of you! That really is a wonderful tribute! Well done my friend!

  14. That is wonderful! We just never know how we'll impact someone else's lives. What a truly lovely legacy to have...xxoo

  15. Well done! I'm so proud of you.


High Fives from Wisconsin!