Garden expert offers knowledge

Garden expert Margaret Roach will talk about her latest book and gardening year-round when she visits Wilton Library on Monday, Oct. 7, from 11 to 12:30. Her visit is sponsored by the Wilton Garden Club, and the community is invited.

After a career with Martha Stewart Living, Newsday and The New York Times, Ms. Roach retreated to her home in upstate New York, where she writes the blog A Way to Garden.

In a blog post from Jan. 23, 2011, Ms. Roach tells how she came across year-round gardening by accident. Responding to gardeners’ autumnal laments that “the season is almost over,” she wrote, “Maybe I am just stubborn — not a bad quality to have when you work a steep hillside in Zone 5B — but such talk rankles me. I see no evidence that the garden is ever really out of season.”

Her 365-days-a-year efforts began with choosing plants that provide food for birds and grew from there.

Ms. Roach’s latest book, The Backyard Parables, was published earlier this year and is part memoir, part handbook.

“If I’ve ever produced something that embodies my mantra of ‘horticultural how-to and woo-woo’ — a blend of philosophical and practical, or spiritual and scientific — then this is it,” she wrote on her website

She is also the author of the corporate dropout memoir, And I Shall Have Some Peace There.

Registration is suggested for Ms. Roach’s talk. Information: 203-762-3950, ext. 312, or

—Jeannette Ross