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About Marianne Willburn

Marianne is an author, opinion columnist and speaker. But above all, she is a gardener, located in Virginia, USA in USDA Zone 6b.

The Garden in November

By |2021-02-24T21:52:53+00:00November 1st, 2020|

November often starts with gentle frosts and easy, Instagrammable scenes, but by its end, winter is unofficially upon the Mid-Atlantic. Lawns have taken on a muted, tawny shade and the deciduous trees will stand naked by December 1st. Hopefully you have planted some colorful stemmed shrubs and trees to make this transition exciting.   Maintenance is [...]

It’s Time to Get Serious About Your Vegetable Garden

By |2020-04-29T21:05:30+00:00April 9th, 2020|

Last week, I glanced at a bronze statue of a pig with wings that sits on my stone steps, and thought, "Well, that pretty much sums it up right now."  Crazy things are happening. Crazy times make us re-examine our dependencies.  Even if we don't change anything, it's good to know where we stand and [...]

In The Frenzy of Spring, Remember The ‘Why’

By |2018-04-02T18:40:00+00:00March 30th, 2018|

Not satisfied with feeling overwhelmed with spring cleaning, spring wardrobe changeover, spring home repairs and spring holiday plans, I thought it might be clever to go outside last week, pick up a trowel and increase my anxiety in the spring garden. Beginning the process means a shift in priorities and a horrifying realization of everything [...]

Neither an Influencer Nor a Follower Be

By |2018-02-20T20:41:09+00:00January 5th, 2016|

[ed. The following article can also be found stirring up comments at Garden Rant later this week.] Tesselaar’s Blue Storm Agapanthus is worth growing because it’s a high-impact, no-nonsense plant, not because it typifies the 2016 Color of the Year “Serenity” – photo credit: Tesselaar Plants, 2006 Though I enjoy dressing well, I’m [...]

PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW – MARCH 5-13 – CELEBRATES THE BEAUTY OF AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS

By |2018-02-20T20:41:09+00:00January 4th, 2016|

Maybe it's time to stop saying "I should do that this year..." and put the date firmly on the calendar. If you've heard about the Philadelphia Flower show but never been, find a companion, drive into beautiful Philadelphia and experience the magic that wows over a quarter-million visitors every year. The show couldn't be at a better time for [...]

Quick Garden Fixes – guest post by Tesselaar Plants

By |2018-02-20T20:41:10+00:00September 8th, 2015|

This month a guest post from Tesselaar Plants that I found exceedingly helpful in guiding the gardener to take a hard look at  things that may or may not be working in his or her garden - and then taking steps to solve them.  Tesselaar grows some gorgeous plants, but many of them are not [...]

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