Mary’s Garden Story in ‘Washington Gardener’!!!

Okay, Washingtonians, the latest issue of Washington Gardener is hot off the presses and wouldn’t it be delightful to open your mailbox and spy its colorful, glossy pages ready for your reading enjoyment?  If only you were a subscriber!!!

You should really subscribe because the magazine is tailor made for us, gardeners who live in our specific EPA Eco-region.  In case you weren’t sure, our eco-region is classified by the EPA as  Chesapeake Rolling Plain Variable Winters Humid Ass Summers Worthless Clay Soil, so Washington Gardener won’t frustrate you with articles like “Ten Fantastic New Lupine Cultivars!” that will only fill you with envy and remorse.  All of the articles are geared toward our climate, our soil, our local horticultural attractions.  Everything is relevant!

The other reason you should subscribe is because in this issue you can read about a fascinating Washington-area gardener named Mary Gray in the “My Garden Story” column of the magazine.  That’s right, you can read the intriguing story of how I, personally, became a gardener (hint: it wasn’t at my grandmother’s knee.)

You will even get a rare glimpse into the exclusive Gray Backyard, where I have been working my “Garden Magic” for the last five years.  In other words, my garden no longer looks like this:

See the "After" shots in the current issue of Washington Gardener!

P.S. I really should do a whole post featuring shots of my backyard in 2007.  It would make the entire country feel awesome about their own yards.

Anyway, I’m honored to be featured in the magazine and excited to get my copy!  Thank you, Kathy Jentz, for publishing my story!


  1. There is really only one thing wrong with that photo: the landscape lighting. Your ‘before’ garden was likely at its best in the dark.

  2. Cool – this ought be a good article! Your alt ecoregion name is great, and so is your garden magazine concentrating on what works for your unique area…we have nothing like that, so another bit of inspiration from you. Maybe my EPA ecoregion is more aptly named “Albuquerque Basin Desert Denial Between a Hair Dryer and Central Air”? (for setting garden parameters, the EPA system is pretty weak in the AZ, NM and NV, but better in TX)

  3. Congratulations, Mary!

  4. Congratulations on getting published! I would love to see the before and after shots of your yard. I’m working on my own yard, but I’m still in the “before” era.

  5. That’s so awesome…congrats! There’s nothing I like more than a good before/after story 😉

  6. Congrats! I’ll be in D.C. next week. Do you know if any bookstores sell copies?


  1. […] Since 2007 when I became a gardener, I have eagerly attended various “Home and Garden” Shows around DC.  The pattern has been that I drift aimlessly among the spa, tool, and hardscaping vendors, politely picking up a brochure here and there – usually from a nursery called Screaming Dog Natives or something — only to leave an hour or two later, sulking and depressed.   […]

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