Volunteer Gardener Goes to Tuscany!

Volunteer Gardener Goes to Tuscany! With Volunteer Gardener’s Troy Marden October 15-26, 2017 Nashville Public Television and Volunteer Gardener invite you to join show co-host Troy Marden on a one-of-a-kind tour of Tuscany, departing the U.S. on October 15 to arrive in Florence and begin your tour in one of the world’s most beautiful cities Read more

Great Gardens & Country Estates of England

Great Gardens & Country Estates of England With Jason Reeves of the UT Garden Jackson and Troy Marden of Nashville Public Television’s Volunteer Gardener. August 23 – September 2, 2017 Join Jason Reeves of the UT Garden Jackson and Troy Marden of NPT’s Volunteer Gardener on this 9-night excursion to some of the most beautiful gardens Read more

I’m Little But I’m Loud!

It has been a tough year in the garden at Wits’ End.  A long, cold, late spring that kept temperatures below normal and soil saturated well into May made for a tough start for things like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant.  When the heat did arrive, there was no sliding into summer, but rather a headlong Read more

Back Where It All Began

Just a quick post–mostly pictures–of a recent trip that I took home to Kansas. After speaking in Kansas City, I spent a couple of days with my parents and managed to get out with the camera a time or two.  I love sharing the back roads and Kansas has plenty of them to discover! A Read more

The Emerald Isle and Virginia Garden Week

 I am very happy to FINALLY announce our first two travel destinations for 2016! The end of April finds us closer to home than usual, but visiting some truly remarkable gardens during Virginia’s Historic Garden Week. We’ll also see some sights in Washington, DC!  Beginning the last week of May and carrying over into early Read more

What Happened To Winter?!?

What happened to winter? I’ve had so many messages either by email or on Facebook that I thought addressing everyone’s concerns here would be a great way to officially re-launch the blog just before the first of the year. So, here we go. El Nino. El Nino is what happened to winter. Hanging out over Read more

Gardener|Cook Redux

After many months and numerous delays, Gardener|Cook returns with an all-new look, an all-new attitude and a re-energized approach to bringing you the most beautiful gardens, the finest food and the best-of-the-best in travel destinations from around the world. 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year with numerous speaking engagements already on the Read more

Lenten Roses

I have posted several times in the past about the “roses” of winter–Lenten rose, Christmas rose and their kin–none of which are roses at all, or even closely related. That said, they are, perhaps, the most anticipated flowers of the year for me if for no other reason than the time of year they bloom. Read more

Two Amazing Travel Opportunities, Autumn 2015

As most of you know, 2012 found me partnering with Ron & Linda Williams, of Garden Travelers, to further expand my business and see yet another part of my dream come true–to be able to travel the world seeing some of its most beautiful natural and historic sites while also visiting some of its truly Read more

Come Out and See Me Sometime!

It’s a new year, and along with a new year come new opportunities! As most of you know, I spent much of last year (and part of the previous one) writing two books, both of which are now on the shelves! Plant This Instead! arrived almost a year ago (can’t believe it!), in February, and Southern Read more