Five Garden blogs full of good info

Gardening is a knowledge based hobby and industry. We learn and we pass on what we learn to other gardeners. We celebrate the success of each other. At BB Barns we are passionate about people, plants, and gardening, and in that spirit, this morning's blog highlights some of our favorite blog sites. 

Maragret Roach at her upstate garden in the Hudson River Valley.

These are sites to return to time and again to listen to podcasts, read about the latest research on hydrangeas, or just peruse beautiful pictures. Here's our top five. If you have some to share, please post in the comments below.


1. A Way to Garden

In her own words: I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants. 

Maragaret Roach has her thumb on the horticultural world as is noted in her weekly podcasts. At Robinhood Radio she talks with guests from all over the continent to glean information on subjects ranging from tomato blight to identifying weeds to spiders, birds, newly trialed plants, design tips and so much more. You can read the podcasts on her blog or listen. Her's is the encyclopedia for garden information.

Dave Epstein, blogger for Growing Wisdom.

2. Growing Wisdom

In his own words: Epstein was born in Portland, Maine, graduated from Portland High School, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He studied meteorology at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont. He now teaches at Framingham State University and Colby College.Epstein is an avid gardener and columnist for several newspapers, including the Portland Press-Herald and the Boston Globe (

In 2004, Epstein founded Bloomscapes, a landscape design company. In 2006, he founded, an online video website for homeowner-gardeners and landscape professionals. In 2008 he published his first book Gardens of New England (Twin Lights Publishing).

As gardeners, we always have one eye to the ground and one to the sky. What gardener isn't always checking the weather? David Epstein gives you both weather and garden. His handy how-to videos cover everything from making a small water feature to identifying poison ivy in the garden. 

Linda Ly, author of Garden Betty.

3. Garden Betty

In her own words:

Garden Betty is a personal blog — written, designed, and photographed by me — to share my love of the outdoors and my support of the Slow Movement. I draw endless inspiration from the organic processes of slow gardening, slow food, and slow travel. (Read more on why I write about my garden.)

Just a mere year after my site launched, Country Living named Garden Betty the “Best Blog in Gardening” and featured me in their December 2011 issue. Exactly one year later, on the second anniversary of Garden Betty, I landed in the September 2012 issue of HGTV as a garden expert! Believe me, no one was more blown away by all of it than I was.

My blog has since been seen in national and regional media including Better Homes and Gardens, Green Side Up, Edible, Los Angeles Times, and Heritage Radio Network, but my proudest achievements to date are the release of my books, The CSA Cookbook (2015) and The New Camp Cookbook (2017), both by Voyageur Press. (I documented the makings of the books if you’ve ever been curious how a cookbook is made.)

Garden Betty has a host of topics (gardening, adventure, cooking and travel) but her how-to garden blogs are excellent. Start with those, everything from growing supermarket herbs to assembling your own drip irrigation system.

Fran Sorin, one of the collaborators of Garden Gone Wild.

4. Gardening Gone Wild

In their own words: Our core group consists of myself (Fran Sorin), Saxon Holt, and Debra Lee Baldwin. The three of us are committed to sharing ideas, information, musings…and anything else that we’re wildly passionate about and think that you’ll benefit from in your journey as a gardener.

Throughout the years, we’ve had contributors like Noel Kingsbury, Tovah Martin, Adam Woodruff, Steve Silk, Harry Pierik, and a list of other well known horticulture figures that have helped make Gardening Gone Wild a compelling read.

Gardening Gone Wild is a full of articles, pictures and ideas, but it is worth it alone to read the blog post 5 Tips on Using Quantum Physics to Create Your Dream Garden. Seriously. That title alone is worth a click. 

Dee Nash, author of Red Dirt Ramblings.

5. Red Dirt Ramblings

In her own words: I wrote my first book,The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff (St. Lynn’s Press 2014) last year, and my life has been a tornado of activity ever since. It’s good though.

I’m also thrilled that Red Dirt Ramblings won the Garden Writers Association’s Gold Award for Best Electronic Writing in 2014. Better Homes and Gardens named RDR one of its Top Ten Gardening Blogs in 2014, and Southern Living magazine named me one of its 30 Bloggers to Follow in 2015. All I can say is I’m humbled and thank you.

This blog is consistently well written and full of great gardening information for the beginning gardener.

Please share books or blogs that you read/follow that help you in your garden journey. This list is not exclusive, obviously, but it's a good start.

Written by Cinthia Milner, garden coach, blogger, outside sales staff.

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