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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 Gardener 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

    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…

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    Divide and Conquer: How to Divide and Multiply Perennials

    We all have friends who’ve created lush, fancy gardens with “pass-along-plants.” It’s easy, and it’s affordable. Perennial division in a garden gives existing favorites room to spread and fill in,…

  • Hibiscus rosa-sinesis ‘Fifth Dimension’
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    Mountain West: September Garden To-Do List

    It’s time to decide which annuals and tropicals will be coming back indoors as the weather cools. Examine these plants and containers, wiping them down if possible, to discourage stowaway…

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    Order Up: Time to Be Thinking About Spring Bulbs

    Thinking of spring-blooming bulbs in August? You probably think the heat has gone to my head. Why, yes, now is the time to stay in your air-conditioned house perusing websites…

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    Turn Your Ornamental Garden Edible

    There are so many ways to incorporate what you grow in the garden into your daily life. Herbs and blossoms may be prettiest as cuttings, but they also work as…

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    Mountain West: August Garden To-Do List

    Keep on picking! Many berry plants, vegetables, and annuals respond by making more blossoms and fruits when you keep up with the harvest. Remove seed heads from perennials and annuals…

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    Protect Plants from Heat in Edible and Ornamental Gardens

    When you’re hot, you’re hot, especially if you are a tomato or a bell pepper and stuck in the ground. There’s not a whole lot you can do to protect…

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    Mountain West: July Garden To-Do List | Regional Report

    Water wisely. If you have an automated drip irrigation system, make sure coverage is adequate throughout the garden. Control pests. Some can be deterred with a strong spray from the…

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    Jewels for the Late Summer Garden | Mountain West Regional Report

    Between the smoke from wildfires and relentless heat, I’ve almost had to give up being outside. But I came up with a plan that included a list of plants that…