i was born and raised in kaneohe, hawaii on the eastern side of oahu.
i grew up under the lush koolau mountains on the eastern side of oahu and was surrounded by intense growth of trees: bananas, kukui nut, mango, lychee, guava, passion fruit and many varieties of tropical flowers (jasmine, frangiapani, hibiscus, etc).
BUT… i never really noticed.
funny how it took my moving away from home to realize how incredible my home was (and still is).
i moved to pasadena, california in 1987 to attend art center in pasadena, a few years later, i moved to boston and then in 1995 i moved to nyc and have been here ever since… and now have a weekend house in kinderhook, columbia county.
the reason i think i garden is it somehow takes me back to a simpler time of my life. i think about growing up in hawaii where nature shapes and molds your life. you are constantly surrounded by it… and it’s spirit is larger that you and you feel its force.
i have a v. modest garden but i enjoy the process, the failures, the successes. everything about is rewarding. nothing better than tending to the garden, listening to birds chirp, my golden retriever prancing about and my thoughts of hawaii come flooding in.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.