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Nonstop Plants: A Garden for 365 Days

April 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for this special evening and book signing. Copies of Margaret Roach’s all-new version of her first award-winning book, A Way to Garden, is being published in spring 2019 by Timber Press, on its 21st anniversary. Copies will be available for purchase and signing at this event (before it’s on shelves)!

The evening will also include an inspiring and informative presentation, The 365-Day Garden. Want to make a garden for all seasons? Margaret loves looking out her windows 365 days a year—not just in “garden season.” 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.” 

Come hear the story of her garden, including:

  • 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!)

Cocktail hour begins at 6, presentation to begin at 7.



Margaret Roach is the recipient of Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s 2018 George Robert White Medal of Honor, our highest honor for her contributions to horticulture.  

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 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.

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.”



April 25, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Gardens at Elm Bank
900 Washington St
Wellesley, MA 02482 United States

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