Colleen Vanderlinden

Colleen Vanderlinden has been gardening organically for over twelve years. While her first love was growing ornamentals, she soon became addicted to 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.


Colleen is the author of 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. As a result, she's been interviewed by the Detroit Free Press, the Radish, and has gotten coverage in several newspapers nation-wide. Her garden writing has appeared in Mother Earth News, Northern Gardener, The Detroit News and Birds & Blooms.

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Colleen Vanderlinden

Organic gardening is a way of life for me. I've been in love with plants for as long as I can remember. From my grandmother's gigantic lilac hedge to my mom's rose bushes, plants are part of who I am. I've always gardened organically. I just don't see the point in using synthetic chemicals in my garden. So much of organic gardening is about using common sense, about unlearning what generations of "spray everything in sight" have taught us. At its best, gardening is good for the gardener, good for the neighborhood, and good for the planet.

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