Colleen Vanderlinden

Colleen Vanderlinden has been gardening organically for over twelve years. 

  • Wrote the book Edible Gardening for the Midwest
  • Launched the Mouse & Trowel Awards for organic gardening blogging


Colleen Vanderlinden wrote about organic gardening for The Spruce from 2008 to 2014. While her first love was growing ornamentals, she soon became enamored of growing her own fruit, vegetables, and herbs. She's gardened in everything from a single window box to a small borrowed plot, and currently rests her garden clogs on 1/4 of an acre in the suburbs of Detroit.

She wrote the book Edible Gardening for the Midwest. In her quest to help other gardeners go organic, she started her website, In the Garden Online, in 2003. To spread the word about garden blogging, she launched the Mouse & Trowel Awards in 2007. Her garden writing has appeared in Mother Earth News, Northern Gardener, The Detroit News and Birds & Blooms.



 Colleen received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Wayne State University in 2000.

Expertise: Organic gardening and vegetable gardening
Education: Wayne State University
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Title: Author

About The Spruce

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