profile-pictureWelcome to the award-winning Small Town Gardener® and Conversations in the Garden® – a collection of print and web columns filled with humor and gentle gardening advice while dedicated to the passion that is gardening.

To ensure that you (and I) have time to actually garden, I don’t tend to provide endless updates on the state of my mesclun, mind or marriage  (for the record – fairly spicy, fairly sound, fairly stable).  Instead, the Small Town Gardener is a collection of some of my columns mixed with tips, advice and resources for managing and enjoying your garden month-to-month.

So for the moments when you aren’t up to your calves in compost, you can read or listen to my latest articles below, check out new updates and fun links on the right, and subscribe to the Facebook page to alert you to other articles and tips that aren’t posted here.    Are you a Mid-Atlantic gardener? This Month’s Garden will give you an idea of what you should be thinking about right now.

A garden doesn’t have to be perfect.  It doesn’t have to be large.  And in the middle of August, it doesn’t even have to be green.  It just has to be yours.  Your balcony, your patio, your rented city lot or ten acre deer preserve.  Whatever you garden, wherever you garden – join me as we plunge our hands in the earth and begin to reconnect.

– Marianne

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AND IT’S OFF!

June 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Huge smile of relief as the book manuscript heads off to my editor at Skyhorse Publishing with a click of the mouse (and thanks to the free wifi-wonderland of a good friend who also provides snacks on Fridays.)

No doubt there […]

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WHEN LIFE GETS CRAZY – AMERICANS TURN TO THEIR GARDENS.

June 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Cool news from the National Gardening Research Center – three out of four American households are picking up the trowel and plunging in. Over 90 million households did lawn and/or garden related projects last year and 6 million of them […]

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My Romance with Becky

Given sufficient provenance, the memory of a plant can hold a place in our affections just as the memory of an old love affair. In fact, such floral memories are perhaps sweeter, for they do […]

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Let the Garden Soften the Journey

 

We’d had a bad day, he and I.

Not together mind you, but each in our separate lanes, navigating the daily demons that divert us all from enjoying the precious days we are granted on this […]

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Varmints: First, a rant. Then, a solution.

It was, in many ways, inevitable.  If you build it, they will come, if you plant it, they will eat.  Friends have bemoaned the loss of salad beds and snap pea trellises to unnamed creatures […]

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Smile and Adapt: Gardening the Unexpected

A dry hot April, a wet cold May.  What is the world coming to?  Late April freezes have nixed the wisteria show for gardeners, yet month long May rains would have made the whole thing […]

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The Garden Tchotchke Conundrum

We’ve all got them.

Tchotchkes. Knick knacks. Doodads. More kindly put – and through squinted eyes – objets d’art.

Unless you’re a minimalist with an inflexible disposition, your rooms and shelves are probably home to many ‘little […]

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Conquering Prejudice One Plant at a Time

I’ve never liked Rhododendron.

There, I’ve said it.  I’ve opened myself up to the maelstrom of indignant rhodo-lovers who up until this moment thought I was a dedicated advocate for all things green.

Nope.  I’ve got likes […]

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Ordered Chaos: The Case for a Potting Station

In every home there is a place where unfolded laundry is thrown and a week’s worth of junk is shoved when guests rap upon the door unexpectedly. For some lucky souls it may be a […]

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Somebody Stop Me: The Frenzy of Plant Buying

We’re acquiring right now.

Oh come on, don’t pretend that you’re the only one abstaining.  Seventy-five degrees with a light easterly breeze and low humidity works on gardeners the way a little Cole Porter and the […]

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Shame: The Ultimate Tutor

Embarrassment is definitely frowned upon as a teaching tool.  In a world where everyone’s a winner, no one has a wrong answer, and definitions are fluid, it might be fairly unpopular to assert that I […]

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