Finding a space where life and garden intersect.
What’s New in My Garden at Oldmeadow
The Garden in February
There are many who do not garden in February, or do not choose to aim for a four-season garden. And while I understand this attitude, particularly if your gardens are covered in two feet of [...]
The Garden in January
A new year, a new growing season. January is a wonderfully busy month in my garden, as I am given the opportunity to get on top of difficult areas of bramble and vine without the [...]
Why I Use a Garden Auger to Plant Bulbs; And When It’s Not A Great Idea.
Yes, I know. We could have done with this post about two months ago. But two months ago I was planting bulbs and didn’t have time to write it. Still, there’s a good chance there [...]
Tropical Plants and How to Love Them has won a coveted Gold Media Award from Garden Communicators International (formally Garden Writers Association) for 2022! The book also won two Silver Media Awards in the categories of Writing Style and Publishing Design. Many thanks to the judges and all of the readers who keep sharing this book with temperate gardeners who want to play with tropical plants but don’t know where to start!
What an honor!
My husband, two children and I had been hunting for a rural way of life for years, and the first few weeks at Oldmeadow felt like a vacation. Reality kicked in a few months later when the furniture was moved, boxes were finally unpacked and we started to realize what Jeanne had told us with a grin at the closing table: “Nature wants it back.”
Gardening in the
THIS MONTH’S GARDEN
The Garden in February
There are many who do not garden in February, or do not choose to aim for a four-season garden. And while I understand this attitude, particularly if your gardens are covered in two feet of snow for the majority of winter, for me, February is a too-short month that allows me to take care of things that are so much more difficult to do when the weather warms up and [...]
More Conversations in the Garden …
#HouseplantVacation is Over For the Season. Here’s What to Do. And When.
I wrote this article originally for The National Garden Bureau, of which I'm a proud member. However, [...]
New Trick for an Old Gardener: Planning and Designing EXACTLY what I want.
Last weekend I started the process of becoming professionally serious about a small area west of my [...]
Using Grow Lights for Healthier Seedlings Doesn’t Need to Break the Bank
Inevitably, the time will arrive when many gardeners will consider starting their own seeds indoors. Perhaps it [...]
Tired of All The Winter Weather Hype
Have you had it with the constant, unrelenting weather reports that sound more like John Grisham novels [...]
Happy New Year! And An Update or Two…
Two weeks in, welcome to 2022!! A very Happy New Year to you all. Of all the [...]
On Podcasts, Conversation, and My Column with The American Gardener
From Margaret Roach to Niki Jabbour, I’ve been asked to do many podcasts and radio shows over [...]
I have received more than a few emails from readers wondering why I haven’t been more active [...]
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Whether it’s in-person or through the magic of virtual platforms, Marianne has spoken to hundreds of domestic and international audiences.
Her informative, motivational presentations on a wide range of topics both educate and energize gardeners — leaving them with fresh ideas and a fresh perspective to apply to their home gardens.
“Marianne Willburn’s talk was inspirational with practical advice on how to achieve the look you want by honing in on the qualities of what you love about a certain look, and then figuring out how to achieve that vibe while remaining within your budget or smaller space.”
Ruth G. – WNC Gardening Symposium
Flat Rock, NC
“We need more authors who meet gardeners squarely where they garden. Marianne’s honesty and conversational style don’t undermine her expertise – they enhance it.”
-Melissa A., St. Louis
“This playfully and passionately written book is filled with fresh ideas, not only for enhancing your garden and home with tropical plants, but for helping you adapt your own mindset so you can experience much more enjoyment from this exciting corner of the botanical world.”
―Viveka Neveln, Garden Editor
Better Homes and Gardens
Mungo : Diary of a Garden Dog
Some of Us Can Handle Middle Age
So I was reading over Her shoulder the other night by covertly inserting my small, flexible body onto the back of the couch (Bite it, Nessa), and instead of finding 101 Ways to Be a Better Dog Owner, or What Your Jack Russell Wants, or [...]
I’m Still Her Favorite
I bet you’ve been wondering. Nessa being a girl, and Her being a girl and the Girl being a girl and what with the way that kind all sticks together – Hell, I was wondering too. Top. Dog. But glad to say, I’m [...]
Nessa the Usurper
She got home this week. And if it hadn’t been for this 826-pound, six foot, hairy Muppet sucking up all the attention, I might have enjoyed three beautiful She-free weeks with Him. On the bed. In the bed. On Her pillow now that I think [...]