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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 trenchmanicure.com, 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.

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    Northeast July Garden To-Do List

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    Northeast June Garden To-Do List

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    Northeast May Garden To-Do List

    May is the boss of us. Never mind if the laundry needs doing or dinner is waiting, in May, you’ll find us in the garden past sunset with a headlamp…

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    Alternatives to Invasive Callery Pear

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    April Garden To-Do List for the Northeast

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    Art in the Garden

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    Regional Picks: Seasonal Combo—Northeast

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    March Garden To-Do List for the Northeast

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