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About Margaret Roach
“I garden because I cannot help myself,” says Margaret Roach. After 15 years at Martha Stewart Living and a decade at Newsday and The New York Times, she creates the award-winning blog and companion radio show/podcast A Way to Garden. In 2018 Margaret was awarded the highest medal for lifetime service from the nation’s oldest horticultural society.
An all-new version of her first award-winning book, “A Way to Garden,” will be published in spring 2019, on its 21st anniversary.
“Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert said: “Margaret Roach writes with intelligence, compassion, and most of all—sanity. Her work is a blessing.”
Gardeners’ laments heard each fall like “the season’s almost over” don’t sit well with Margaret, who has worked to make her Hudson Valley-Berkshires place a 365-day visual treat. It has been open for Garden Conservancy Open Days for 20-plus years.
Margaret wrote the 2011 corporate-dropout memoir, “And I Shall Have Some Peace There,” about walking away from “success” for a quieter life closer to nature, and “The Backyard Parables” (2013), blending garden memoir and how-to. (Erica Berger photo.)
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“A Way to Garden prods us toward that ineffable place where we feel we belong; it’s a guide to living both in and out of the garden.” —The New York Times Book Review
For Margaret Roach, gardening is more than a hobby, it’s a calling. Her unique approach, which she calls “horticultural how-to and woo-woo,” is a blend of vital information you need to memorize and intuitive steps you must simply feel and surrender to. In A Way to Garden, Roach imparts decades of garden wisdom on seasonal gardening, ornamental plants, vegetable gardening, design, gardening for wildlife, organic practices, and much more. She also challenges gardeners to think beyond their garden borders and to consider the ways gardening can enrich the world. Brimming with beautiful photographs of Roach’s own garden, A Way to Garden is practical, inspiring, and a must-have for every passionate gardener.
After ruminating on the bigger picture in her memoir And I Shall Have Some Peace There, Margaret Roach has returned to the garden, insisting as ever that we must garden with both our head and heart, or as she expresses it, with "horticultural how-to and woo-woo." In The Backyard Parables, Roach uses her fundamental understanding of the natural world, philosophy, and life to explore the ways that gardening saved and instructed her, and meditates on the science and spirituality of nature, reminding her readers and herself to keep on digging.