Debra LaGattuta, Master Gardener

Debra LaGattuta

Debra LaGattuta is a Master Gardener with decades of experience with perennial and flowering plants, container gardening, and raised bed vegetable gardening.


  • Member of The Spruce Gardening and Plant Care Review Board
  • 5+ years experience as a Master Gardener
  • Over 30 years of experience as a home gardener
  • Lead gardener in a Plant-A-Row
  • Member of the American Horticultural Society


Debra is a Master Gardener who received her official title in 2015. She has over three decades as a home gardener experienced in designing, planting, and maintaining cottage-style perennial, vegetable, and four-season container gardens. She is the lead gardener in a Plant-A-Row, which is a program that offers thousands of pounds of organically-grown vegetables to local food banks. She is also the author of several gardening presentations on topics including perennial plant primers, hardy perennials for different zones, and vegetable gardening.

A Word From Debra LaGattuta

"My favorite times to work in the garden are just after dawn when the only sounds I hear are the birds singing their morning songs and right before dusk when the fading rays of sun seem to make blooms glow in the dark. At those times, I feel so blessed and lucky to be surrounded by the things I love. I hope that by being a member of The Spruce Gardening and Plant Care Review Board, I will be able to share my simple gardening pleasures with other gardeners so they can experience the same feelings of bliss and contentment."


Debra studied basic horticultural topics at Brookdale Community College in 2014 to receive a Fundamentals of Horticulture Certificate. She received her master gardener certification in 2015.

Location: Neptune, New Jersey
Title: Master Gardener

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