Kristin Green

Kristin Green fell hard for horticulture while studying art in the Pacific Northwest. After returning to native Northeastern soil, she turned her obsession into a vocation. She spent fifteen years as a professional gardener in private and public gardens in Rhode Island, including twelve years as interpretive horticulturist, garden blogger and photographer at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, and two at Mount Hope Farm where she designed and installed a cutting garden. She wrote a regular garden column called Down to Earth for area newspapers from 2010 to 2018, her own blog at, and Plantiful: Start Small, Grow Big with 150 Plants that Spread, Self-Sow, and Overwinter, published by Timber Press in 2014. Nowadays, when she’s not in her home garden testing ideas, combinations, and the limits of laziness, you’ll find her living another dream behind the circulation desk at the Middletown Public Library.

  • Northeast Regional Reports

    Northeast: January Garden To-Do List

    January is for hibernation. But just because the winter weather has given us an excellent excuse to cozy up on the couch with a dog on our feet doesn’t mean…

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    Northeast November Garden To-Do List

    In November, the weather might still be a mixed bag, but diminishing daylight is shifting the seasonal cycle into a lower gear for a slow ride through winter. While some…

  • How-To

    This Garden Knife Gets Better With Age

    The first tool I bought as a novice gardener was a carbon-steel hori hori, or Japanese digging knife, just like the one from Hardwick & Sons. Practically indestructible, mine (pictured)…

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    Northeast September Garden To-Do List

    September is a game changer. Don’t believe the propaganda; school might be back in session, but summer isn’t over yet. In fact, it’s better than ever. The humidity abates in…

  • Butterfly Rose
    Northeast Regional Reports

    4 Must-Have Plants for the Northeast

    As garden centers start to open their doors for the season (and we get ready to run into them with open arms), we decided to ask some regional experts what…

  • garden tools and supplies
    Northeast Regional Reports

    Northeast December Garden To-Do List

    December’s shortest days allow scant time to enjoy being outdoors, and we’ve barely had a chance to acclimatize to the cold, but winter is still full of gifts for Northeastern…

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    Northeast October Garden To-Do List

    Based on averages, most of us in the Northeast will be braced for our first killing frost in October. Even if we’re left waiting, the sun’s track south will cause…

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    Northeast August Garden To-Do List

    By August, summer is a sticky, dust-encrusted, worn-out old shoe. Most of us choose to abandon the garden to find a breeze elsewhere. And many of us will return to…

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    Northeast July Garden To-Do List

    Where I live it’s practically a town ordinance that everything be planted, tools put away, hoses reeled, debris composted, and walks weeded before the Fourth of July. No matter where…

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    Water-Wise Tips for Northeastern Gardeners

    Long-range forecasts for the summer have been all over the place. Some predicted “normal” weather for most of the Northeast and rainier than usual weather for southern New England. Others…