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.

Come learn about “The Recycled Garden” on Saturday, June 20th!

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:22+00:00 May 14th, 2015|

On Saturday June 20th at 10:00am, I 'll be at the Brunswick Community Center Building at Railroad Park giving a free seminar on "The Recycled Garden" as part of the Town of Brunswick's Sustainable Saturdays series. Gardening doesn't have to be about the latest gadget, the latest plant or the latest set of matching patio [...]

Deck That Deck!

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:22+00:00 April 26th, 2015|

The spring reclamation of patios and decks has begun across the Mid-Atlantic and New England. And, unlike our brother gardeners in sunnier climes, this will involve something more extensive than changing the cushions to reflect a seasonal change from warm to warmer. Our outside rooms – be they patio, deck, balcony or front porch stoop [...]

Fickle April

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:22+00:00 April 5th, 2015|

Convalaria shoots are just as fascinating to my Jack Russell as they are to me The crocus and winter aconite have finally appeared, only to find me standing over them, tapping my watch. Everything is a little late this year, but I will take that as an omen for a long spring and [...]

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

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:23+00:00 March 13th, 2015|

Very excited to be notified that STG has been selected as a top ten finalist in the Gardening category for the second annual Better Homes and Gardens Blogger Awards! Finalists were chosen by Better Homes and Gardens from over 3,000 reader entries! Thank you for all the voting you did last week.  Though STG didn't [...]

Find me in the NEW Spring issue of GreenPrints Magazine!

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:23+00:00 March 9th, 2015|

It's a privilege to be a contributor during GreenPrints' 25th year of publication, and I encourage you to subscribe to this very worthy magazine described by editor Pat Stone as "the most unusual, humorous, moving, entertaining, inspiring, simply special garden magazine in the country!" My article in this issue, "My Tulip Turnaround" is a story [...]

Local Fresh, Local Strong, Local Co-op

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:23+00:00 February 19th, 2015|

I have a clear memory of sitting at my kitchen table four years ago and reading a newspaper article about a small group that was forming to discuss a neighborhood grocery store three miles from my home in Brunswick, MD. My memory is probably so clear because something inside nagged at me to save the [...]