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About Marianne Willburn

Marianne is the mother of two, wife of one and the voice of The Small Town Gardener. She gardens and writes from her home in the scenic (and exceptionally convenient) heart of Virginia's wine country.

It’s Time to Get Serious About Your Vegetables

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:10+00:00 October 17th, 2015|

What once was Melones Reservoir in Calaveras County. If you look closely you can see the old bridge once covered by a hundred feet of water. I’m writing from California this week. My whereabouts are usually not relevant in an age of laptops, Wi-Fi cafes and toilet texting, but this week they are, [...]

Quick Garden Fixes – guest post by Tesselaar Plants

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:10+00:00 September 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 [...]

Urban Chickens: The bigger picture

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:10+00:00 August 18th, 2015|

Urban chickens a nuisance? I had four in this coop and no one ever knew... Well, the chickens have won. Not of course the literal chickens, exiled as pets by virtue of prejudice and ignorance, but the figurative chickens – our local leaders who would rather stand obstinately on a disintegrating platform than [...]

HOA Madness – or – Just Another Pleasant Valley Sunday

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:10+00:00 August 6th, 2015|

Yeah. This'll get the clipboards out. Now I have definitely heard everything. Whilst chatting with a friend the other night over landscaping and other related topics that make others at the table suddenly realize they need to get up and refill their glasses, I was told that a local subdivision homeowners’ association board [...]

Farm-to-Fork Frederick is here!

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:11+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|

(FREDERICK, Md., June 10, 2015) —The 2015 Farm-to-Fork Frederick program, a concentrated 11-day “eat local” culinary initiative that brings together independently-owned restaurants with family-owned farms and wineries from in and around Frederick County, Md., promises yet another exciting program. Restaurants from two new county jurisdictions – Emmitsburg's Carriage House Inn and New Market's Vintage – [...]

Garden writers share top tips for summertime gardening!

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:22+00:00 June 16th, 2015|

Sunday marks the first day of summer, and a reality check for the garden and gardeners. If you're having trouble motivating yourself, check out this UK landscaping site, Mainland Aggregates, where I and others give our number one bit of advice for summertime gardening. And yes, there's a gin and tonic involved.