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Join us for Gardener's Day 2020


Gardener's Day 2020

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

The Master Gardener Volunteers of Rockland County present:

Gardener's Day 2020

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Keynote Presentation by

Margaret Roach, Author of A Way to Garden

"Nonstop Plants: A Garden for 365 Days"

Margaret Roach

Expressions commonly heard each September like “the season’s almost over” don’t sit well with Margaret Roach. She has worked for more than 20 years to make her garden in the Hudson Valley-Berkshires area a visual treat every day of the year. Meet the plants and the philosophy that make it happen, delivered with a dose of “horticultural how-to and woo-woo.” Including:

  • how and why to make a four-season garden—and the basic principles of garden design that apply
  • how to shop for plants with that goal in mind
  • what makes the garden so appealing to nearly 70 species of birds and other welcome wildlife
  • how to go beyond “outdoor decorating” aimed at pure visual effect, and really engage with the garden through all your senses and emotions (that’s the “woo-woo” part!)

Margaret Roach, after 15 years as garden editor at Martha Stewart Living and then EVP/Editorial Director of Martha’s company, and a decade each at Newsday and The New York Times, now creates the nationally acclaimed website A Way to Garden, and hosts the award-winning companion public radio show and podcast. The blog and show were named for Margaret’s first garden book, A Way to Garden, which was re-released in an all-new edition from Timber Press in spring 2019 on its 21st anniversary. The New York Times Book Review raved, saying that in its pages Margaret is “sensitive, wise, deliberate, thoughtful and splendidly bossy.”

Margaret is also author of the 2011 corporate-dropout memoir, And I Shall Have Some Peace There, about walking away from “success” for a quieter life lived closer to nature, and her 2013 book The Backyard Parables blends garden memoir and how-to advice.

Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert said: “As a passionate, hopeful and often self-delusional gardener (the only kind of gardener there is!). I loved this gorgeous book. Margaret Roach writes with intelligence, compassion, and most of all—sanity. Her work is a blessing.”


$40 Early Bird ($50 starting March 14)

Learn More


Kristen Ossmann
Horticulture Resource Educator
(845) 429-7085 ext. 108


Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School
120 Kings Highway
Tappan, New York 10983

Last updated December 13, 2019