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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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    March Garden To-Do List for the Northeast

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    Connecticut Photographer Turns Plant Clippings Into Art

    Just as not every foodie enjoys cooking, not all plant geeks are gardeners. Ellen Hoverkamp is a photographer who collaborated with author Ken Druse on Natural Companions: The Garden Lover’s…

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    Northeast: February Garden To-Do List

    February brings uncertain weather and tests a gardener’s patience. It can feel like the Longest. Month. Ever. But stay strong. The changes in the length of days will begin to…

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    Beautiful Bark on Deciduous Trees

    Come winter, when gardens go quiet in the Northeast, most of us become so hard up for visual stimulation that we finally get excited about tree bark. Now that our…

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    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: Gardening Is for the Birds

    It’s impossible to imagine life without birds. Yet even habitat for black-capped chickadees is rapidly disappearing. According to Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, “Conservation ecologists … believe that…

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    Creating Picture-Perfect Holiday Containers

    The pressure to spend at the holidays is real. But decorations don’t need to break the bank. We gardeners can save big and do it in style by making wreaths,…

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    Northeast: December Garden To-Do List

    Gardeners in cold climates are treated to a restful break between seasons that starts in December. But even as the garden goes quiet, it should still hold your interest and…

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    Gardening Gift Ideas 2019 for Northeastern Gardeners

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