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Mary Ann Newcomer

A native Idahoan, Mary Ann is all about gardens in the Intermountain West. She grows them, scouts them, and writes about them. Her gardening articles have been in Rocky Mountain Gardening, Country Gardens, MaryJane’s Farm, Fine Gardening, Leaf Magazine, the American Gardener, as well as many newspapers in the Intermountain West. She’s also written the books Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States (2014), and the Rocky Mountain Gardener’s Handbook (2013). She’s traveled far and wide to design public, private, commercial, and show gardens. In the Mountain West, where it’s often high and dry, she loves to encourage gardeners to get down and dirty.

When she is not tending to her garden, she’s doing garden design work at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise, and keeping Fine Gardening readers up to date on gardening in the Wild West. She also writes the quarterly Gardeners Bookshelf column for Country Gardens magazine. You can keep up with her on her website, Gardens of the Wild Wild West.

  • Mountain West Regional Reports

    Crafting an Original Seasonal Arrangement

    You may not even realize it, but my guess is that very close at hand you can find all you need to make gorgeous, last-minute seasonal arrangements. Get your gloves…

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    Put Fruit Trees on Your Holiday Wish Lists

    Well, that was a wild and wooly autumn! Throughout the Rockies, autumn 2019 gave us unusually early and record-breaking cold temps, a blizzard, and some of the best fall colors…

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    Mountain West: December Garden To-Do List

    Create a winter-themed holiday display. After Thanksgiving, snip some bay laurel (Laurus nobilis, Zones 8–11) branches and tuck them into the container arrangements. Include cuttings of evergreens and conifers as…

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    Gardening Gift Ideas 2019 for Mountain West Gardeners

    When you are tucking in the garden for the year and daydreaming of next year’s bounty, consider the tools, the plants, and the fellow gardeners that make you happy. Take…

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    It’s the Season for Taking Stock: What Plants Worked This Year and What Didn’t

    For a couple of years now, I’ve been evaluating my garden plantings to determine who gets to stay and who goes. Water is pricey, plants can be pricey, and my…

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    Mountain West: November Garden To-Do List

    Use raked, mulched (shredded) leaves as a top dressing for perennial borders and vegetable gardens. Don’t be too tidy about cleanup. Those leaf piles provide winter habitat for some of…

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    Perennials for Fall Color and Interest

    I love autumn. It’s my favorite time of year. It's time for wool socks, sweaters, the low, warm light of the autumnal equinox, the smell of spices in the kitchen,…

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    Mix It Up: Bulbs and Perennials

    You’ve got a bit of time left to plant some bulbs. There are some imaginative ways to plant spring-blooming bulbs without driving yourself nuts and without the help of a…

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    Mountain West: October Garden To-Do List

    Vegetables that have finished growing can be removed and placed in the compost pile, provided they are not diseased. Some edibles benefit from a light frost, including rutabagas, carrots, and…

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    Amaryllis: A Long-Blooming, Time-Tested Seasonal Showstopper

    The old adage is true: “The early bird gets the worm.” Or in this case, the early shopper gets first choice of the newest, most unusual, and most beautiful amaryllis…