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Backyard Gardening Series - Nonstop Plants: A Garden for 365 Days by Margaret Roach

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Our 2019 backyard gardening series continues! We are excited to welcome Margaret Roach.

Nonstop Plants: A Garden for 365 Days by Margaret Roach

Expressions commonly heard each September like “the season’s almost over” don’t sit well with Margaret Roach. She has worked for more than 25 years to make her garden in the Hudson Valley-Berkshires area a visual treat every day of the year. Meet the plants and the philosophy that make it happen, delivered with a dose of “horticultural how-to and woo-woo.” 

Want to make a garden for all seasons? Margaret loves looking out her windows 365 days a year—not just in “garden season.”

In a slide lecture (followed by Q&A) you’ll hear:

  • the background of how she came to garden in rural Columbia County, NY—with a little “before and after” for perspective

  • how and why she made a four-season garden—and the basic principles of garden design that she applied

  • how to shop for plants with that goal in mind (with profiles of many of her garden-worthy favorites)

  • what makes the garden so appealing to nearly 70 species of birds and other welcome wildlife

  • how to go beyond “outdoor decorating” aimed at pure visual effect, and really engage with the garden through all your senses and emotions (that’s the “woo-woo” part!)

Margaret Roach, after 15 years at Martha Stewart Living and a decade each at Newsday and The New York Times, now writes the nationally acclaimed blog A Way to Garden (dot com) and is author of the 2011 corporate-dropout memoir, “And I Shall Have Some Peace There,” about walking away from “success” for a quieter life lived closer to nature.  Her book “The Backyard Parables” (2013) blends garden memoir and how-to advice.

An all-new version of her first award-winning book, “A Way to Garden,” will be published in spring 2019 by Timber Press, on its 21st anniversary.

Margaret was awarded the highest honor of the nation’s oldest horticultural society, Mass Hort, in 2018, for her contributions to horticulture.

“Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert said of Margaret: “As a passionate, hopeful and often self-delusional gardener (the only kind of gardener there is!).  Margaret Roach writes with intelligence, compassion, and most of all—sanity. Her work is a blessing.”

Earlier Event: June 12
Vegetable Garden Tour
Later Event: June 20
Yappy Hour at the "Bark"lett