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Barbara Pleasant

                                                                    Garden Writer

Spring 2016

Brent and Becky Heath have been friends of mine for years, and every spring I get a new chance to appreciate their love of bulbs. Becky has shared many of her favorite daffodils with me in recent seasons, and as March turns to April, the early bloomers are just giving way to the midseason lineup. My favorites change from day to day, though I am always charmed by Mary Gay Lirette, which are the bottom blossoms in the photo above.

I’m looking forward to speaking at the Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville, NC, April 9 and 10, and though I'm talking compost and food gardening, I’m definitely bringing flowers.   

Looking for something I’ve written, but can’t remember where? I know the feeling! In attempt to bring order to the chaos of hundreds of articles and blogs, I’ve set up Pinterest boards of my work. The categories range from permaculture and pollinators to growing onions and garlic. I hope you find my Pinterest guide easy to use and more enjoyable than reading through long lists.

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Recently I received word that both my long-running Gardening Know How column in Mother Earth News and my GrowVeg Blog won Silver Awards of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association. I must be doing something right, among them working with the great creative teams. I am especially grateful to Cheryl Long, editor-in-chief at Mother Earth News, whose gardening passions run as deep as mine, and to Jeremy Dore at GrowVeg, who never runs out of great new ideas.

Blue Ridge mountainsei


Floyd, VA, USA

Near Roanoke on the

Blue Ridge Parkway

cat with hollyhocks
Magnus, who bears a family name from my Swedish ancestors

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