Margaret Roach

Margaret Roach

“I garden because I cannot help myself,” says Margaret Roach. After 15 years at Martha Stewart Living and a decade at Newsday and The New York Times, she creates the award-winning blog and companion radio show/podcast A Way to Garden. In 2018 Margaret was awarded the highest medal for lifetime service from the nation’s oldest horticultural society. An all-new version of her first award-winning book, “A Way to Garden,” will be published in spring 2019, on its 21st anniversary. “Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert said: “Margaret Roach writes with intelligence, compassion, and most of all—sanity. Her work is a blessing.” Gardeners’ laments heard each fall like “the season’s almost over” don’t sit well with Margaret, who has worked to make her Hudson Valley-Berkshires place a 365-day visual treat. It has been open for Garden Conservancy Open Days for 20-plus years. Margaret wrote the 2011 corporate-dropout memoir, “And I Shall Have Some Peace There,” about walking away from “success” for a quieter life closer to nature, and “The Backyard Parables” (2013), blending garden memoir and how-to. (Erica Berger photo.)

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