Marie Iannotti

Garden Writer Marie Iannotti

Marie Iannotti

Marie Iannotti has been gardening for decades, from New York to California, and enjoys nothing more than sharing what she has learned with others.

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  • Author of "The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables - The 100 Easiest-to-Grow, Tastiest Vegetables for Your Garden, "The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Northeast", and "A Gardener's  Tour of the Hudson Valley"
  • Contributor to national gardening magazines, including Organic Gardening and HGTV
  • Former Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulture Educator
  • Former Owner of Yore Vegetables seedling nursery


Marie is a life-long gardener and a veteran master gardener, as well as a former Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulture Educator and Master Gardener program coordinator. She is the former owner of Yore Vegetables, an heirloom seedling nursery.

Marie's garden writing has been featured in newspapers and magazines nationwide and she has been interviewed for Martha Stewart Radio, National Public Radio, and numerous articles. She is also the former editor of The Mid-Hudson Gardener's Guide.

A popular gardening speaker, Marie has expanded her love of gardens into gardening and mindfulness writing and training, focusing on enjoying and relaxing in gardens.


Marie earned a B.S. in Theater and Speech but soon found that being indoors was not where she belonged. She enrolled in her local Master Gardener training and began growing and selling heirloom vegetable seedlings as Yore Vegetables.

Marie continued volunteering with the Master Gardeners for a decade when she was asked to step into the position of Horticulture Educator and Master Gardener Coordinator. She oversaw the expansion of her county's program and they were awarded the "In Search of Excellence" award for their educational xeriscape garden.

Her horticulture education continued with ongoing professional training and a lot of trial and error in her own garden and in the gardens in which she assisted. In recent years, Marie has undertaken a self-study course in mindfulness research and practice, which she is applying in the garden as both a sanctuary and experimental lab.

Awards and Publications

In 2012, Marie turned her experience growing and tasting hundreds of heirloom vegetable varieties into her first book, "The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables - The 100 Easiest-to-Grow, Tastiest Vegetables for Your Garden" (Timber Press). That book was followed by "The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Northeast", a year-round resource based on hands-in-the-dirt experience, with monthly to-do guides, a wealth of skill building tutorials and vegetable varieties specific to the Northeast.

Most recently, Marie shared her love of public gardens in "A Gardener's Tour of the Hudson Valley: The Best Gardens to Visit for Inspiration and Sheer Pleasure".

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