Hey there! I’m Mary Ann Newcomer – a scribe-scout-speaker – and the Dirt Diva on the River Radio, 94.9 in Boise, ID. In other words, I’m love, eat, see and breathe gardens.
My articles on gardening have been published in Country Gardens, MaryJane’s Farm, Fine Gardening, American Gardener and Leaf. Several years ago, I did a series of weekly columns for the Idaho Statesman (online) about my summer CSA packages. 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 started gardening as a sprout, starting with a tiny plot at my grandparents’ home in Latah, Washington. I helped my granddad plant corn and spuds and helped my grandmother in the flower garden. I learned to cook, can and sew at her side. Now, I am becoming her. I’ve got a penchant for German bearded iris and dahlias. Who knew?
I served on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Botanical Garden for more than a decade, lavishing a lot of attention on the Contemporary English Garden and the Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden (a demonstration garden). With three decades of fund raising in the rear view mirror, I’ve turned my attention back to the English Garden, which is undergoing a major update and renovation to accommodate the mature trees (those twigs from 20 yrs. past), punching up the color schemes, and installing a more 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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