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 Gardener’s Handbook followed on November 1! While writing two books in a year’s time is not a schedule I recommend, I am so proud of both of them and am happy they are selling well. It also meant that I really neglected the blog. Well, it’s 2015 and I’m back! Be ready! I’m going to start filling your In-boxes with all kinds of fabulous things from floral design to gardening to food and lots and lots and LOTS of TRAVEL!!! Here we go!
I’m going to be out doing a lot of speaking and promoting of these books over the next few weeks and months, so I thought I’d share my schedule with you in case I’m going to be in your area. I’d love for you to come out and see me where I’m going to be!
First up is Callaway Gardens (where I did my first college internship 24 years ago!), followed by an appearance at the Wilson County Master Gardeners meeting in Lebanon, TN and then I’m off for 5 days in Seattle as a Garden Judge and Speaker for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, the 2nd largest show of its kind in the country. Only the Philadelphia Flower Show is bigger! I am honored. My full schedule for the spring and early summer is listed below. We are getting ready to publish this to my website, where it will be updated as new events are added:
January 23, 24, 25–Callaway Gardens Southern Gardening Symposium  http://www.callawaygardens.com/SGS
January 30, 31 and February 1–Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville
I am not speaking, but will have a hand in Cheekwood’s garden, which will be located at the show’s entrance. We are going to take STYLE to a whole new level!
February 3–Wilson County Master Gardeners, Lebanon, TN
http://wilsoncountymg.org/2015/01/13/wcmg-welcomes-troy-b-marden-tuesday-3-february-2015/
February 10, 11, 12–Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Seattle, WA
http://www.gardenshow.com/seminars/
March 5, 6, 7 & 8–Nashville Lawn & Garden Show, Nashville, TN
I will be speaking at least once and signing books on at least two occasions, I will update this information on my website with exact times and dates once they are confirmed. More information will also be posted on the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show website at http://www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com/
March 21–Book Signing, Barnes & Noble, Cool Springs, Franklin, TN
More information to come.
March 23–Hosta Society of North Alabama, Huntsville, AL
Speaking and signing books at the monthly meeting, which begins at 6:30 at the Huntsville Botanic Garden.
March 25–Centennial Club of Nashville, Private Speaking Event

March 27–Soleil Garden Center, Union City, Tennessee
Speaking and signing books at Soleil Garden Center in the afternoon and evening. Times and further details will be added once confirmed. In the meantime, here is a link to their website http://soleilgardencenter.com/
March 28–West Tennessee Home & Garden Show, in association with WLJT TV.
Details to be announced.
April 16-28, Ancient Sicily and the Amalfi Coast with Garden Travelers
http://www.troybmarden.com/travel.html
WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO JOIN US ON THIS TRIP!!!

June 7–University of Tennessee Hosta Garden Dedication, Knoxville, TN
Details to be announced.
June 8–Marietta Gardener’s Garden Club, Marietta, GA
Speaking and Book Signing at the Marietta Education Garden Center, 7:30 p.m.
That get us through the first half of the year and I hope that if I’m in your area, you’ll come out and say hello! I love meeting fellow gardeners and plant enthusiasts and am having a blast doing these talks and book signings! We have two more trip announcements coming soon, too!
Enjoy this beautiful arrangement from a prior Northwest Flower and Garden Show. I can’t wait!