Welcome 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.

After many months of work, I’m excited to announce the spring launch of the new STG site, and hope that you will find it as vibrant and intuitive as I do. There are new categories for articles, cool imbedded features, the ability to share articles easily on many social platforms, and yes, many more photos.

But don’t worry, some things won’t change. To ensure you have time to actually garden, I won’t 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 and advice 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, search by category, 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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Join me for a FREE seminar on planting herbs in convenient container gardens!

May 14th, 2015|0 Comments

On Monday May 18th at 6:30, I ‘ll be at the C. Burr Artz library […]

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Small Town Gardener is a FINALIST in the Better Homes and Gardens Blogger Awards

March 13th, 2015|4 Comments

Very excited to be notified that STG has been selected as a top ten finalist […]




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