Hey there! I’m Mary Ann Newcomer – a scribe-scout-speaker – and the Dirt Diva on the River Radio, 94.9 in Boise, ID.
My articles on gardening have been published in MaryJane’s Farm, Fine Gardening, American Gardener and Leaf. I’ve authored two books on gardening for our region: The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States, and the Rocky Mountain Gardeners Handbook via Amazon.com and at Rediscovered Bookshop in Boise, ID.
A native daughter of Idaho, I have been gardening since I was a small child. My grandmother and grandfather were avid gardeners. They started me out with a 3’x3′ plot and encouraged to grow radishes. Sprouting in just a couple of days (instant gratification for a 5 year old), the first sets of leaves were heart shaped (a message from my grandmother). I served on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Botanical Garden for more than a decade, I especially loved working on Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden (a demonstration garden) and the Garden’s committee for Design Review. I have spent a good part of the last 20 years fund raising for, and promoting the programs at the garden. I chaired the committee that built the Contemporary English Garden in 1997. Twenty years later, we are renovating that garden to account for our mature trees, and installing a more sophisticated and efficient watering system.
My heart is here in the Wild Wild West, and I believe in honoring genius loci, or, the Spirit of the Place.
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