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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 and dedicated to the passion that is gardening.

This is not a blog in the ‘classical’ sense.  I don’t have the time and I’m sure you don’t have the inclination to read endless updates on the state of my mesclun, mind or marriage  (for the record – fairly spicy, fairly sound, fairly stable).  Instead, it 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 from the list on the left, search by month or season, and subscribe to the RSS feed or 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 winter 2014 004