Marie Iannotti has been gardening for decades, from New York to California. She has grown thousands of varieties of plants in her own gardens and killed a good many of them along the way. She writes from experience and keeps her skills honed by working with new homeowners as a gardening coach, identifying plants and problems and helping them become confident gardeners.
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 the former editor of The Mid-Hudson Gardener's Guide and writes about her own garden at Gardening the Hudson Valley.
Her new book, "The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Northeast" (Timber Press, 2013) is 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.
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Marie's first book The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables - The 100 Easiest-to-Grow, Tastiest Vegetables for Your Garden (Timber Press, 2011) highlights some of her favorite vegetables from her own garden.
I think gardening is the ultimate luxury. It combines all the senses and never runs out of delights and surprises. Sure, there are disappointments, but there's always next season. There's always something to look forward to and something to learn. I have never met another gardener who wasn't enthusiastic and generous with his or her knowledge. That's what I enjoy most about being About.com's Gardening Expert - sharing my gardening skills and woes with other gardening zealots.