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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.