Garden & Nature Articles and Essays by Amy Stewart

Welcome to my archive of how-to gardening articles, essays, gardening book reviews, and gardening travel articles.  I’ve been writing a garden column for over a decade, and many of those columns are included here.  I write about organic gardening, composting, habitat gardening, water-wise gardening, and much more.  I’m also the author of three books on gardening and nature, all of which are for sale wherever books are sold.

Scroll through this list to find what you’re looking for, visit my blog, or check my website to find out more about my books and speaking engagements.  You can also use this search box to find anything on the site.  Enjoy!



Sweet Peas




Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers

Get Ready for a Backyard Wedding

Rare Old Tulips and Other Fabulous Bulbs

Spring Bulbs

The Overcrowded Garden

Digging Dog Nursery

The Language of Flowers

Fruit & Vegetables


The Apple Harvest


Herbs (and other questions from readers)

Tomatoes in the Fog

Tomatoes Revisited

"Permanent" Vegetables

Soil & Compost

The Joy of Compost

Urban Legends

Tools & Gadgets

Snip-it pruners

Garden Show Gadgets

Rain Gear

Gifts for Gardeners

More Garden Gifts

Still More Garden Gifts

Great Garden Catalogs

Pests & Diseases

Mistletoe and Other Holiday Plant Pests

Organic Pesticides


Raising Chickens in Your Backyard

Fabulous Frogs

Brilliant Bugs

Crickets and Spiders

Keeping Bees

The Bee House

Crimes & Misdemeanors

Still More Plant Theft

In the Garden

Mid-Summer Resolutions

Summer Vacation

Late Summer Planting

Fall Planting

Coping With Summer Drought–Water-Wise Lawns

Eco-Friendly Lawns

The All-American Lawn

Gardening in the Rain

Fall Bulbs

Recovering from Frost

Winter Solstice

New Year’s Resolutions

A New Design for an Old Garden

Garden Gossip

English Gardens

Getting the Garden Ready for Visitors


Photographing the Garden

Garden Coaches, Part One

Garden Coaches, Part Two

 Book Reviews

A Garden From a Hundred Packets of Seed by James Fenton

The Abundant Garden by Debra Prinzing

MaryJane’s Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook by MaryJane Butters

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Grasses: Versatile Partners for Uncommon Garden Design by Nancy Ondra

Planting Design:  Gardens in Time and Space by Piet Oudolf

Allergy-Free Gardening by Tom Ogren

American Green:  The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn by Ted Steinberg

The Sunset Western Garden Book

New York Times

"How the Worm Turns" op-ed, April 22, 2007

"Local Color" op-ed, February 14, 2007

"Pick Your Poison" op-ed, May 14, 2006