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Ex-garden editor coming to Planting Fields

Margaret Roach will be giving a lecture.

Margaret Roach will be giving a lecture. Photo Credit: Handout

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. 

If you've been reading Newsday for awhile, the name Margaret Roach probably rings a bell. She's one of my predecessors on the gardening beat, and she had quite a loyal following during her time here in the early '90s.

After 15 years at Martha Stewart Living and a decade each at Newsday (as garden editor as well as columnist) and The New York Times, Roach left the rat race behind and moved upstate for a quieter life closer to nature. From there, she writes a great gardening blog,, and pens books. Her most recent is a memoir, "And I Shall Have Some Peace There” about walking away from “success” while at the top of her game.

Maybe one day I'll have the courage to do the same -- after the kids are out of college and the mortgage is paid off. Until then, I'll live vicariously through Roach and attend her appearance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Planting Fields' Hoffman Center (6000 Northern Blvd., Muttontown), where she'll introduce me -- and hopefully you -- to the plants and philosophy that made it all happen for her. 

Admission to the lecture, "Nonstop Plants: A Garden for 365 Days," is $10. Call 516-922-8676 or email
for reservations.


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