Margaret Roach

Margaret Roach began her journalism career as the New York Times "Women in Sports" columnist. She moved on to be the fashion editor at Newsday, and eventually transitioned to writing about her personal passion: gardening. In 1990, Margaret became the gardening editor, and she worked from "the heart of prime gardening territory: Long Island."

After leaving Newsday, Margaret was named the first gardening editor for Martha Stewart Living. In 2008, she left to freelance, do her own gardening in upstate New York, and start a podcast called "A Way to Garden." She also created her website,, which she still runs today.

Margaret has authored three books: "And I Shall Have Some Peace," "There and The Backyard Parables," and the revamped "A Way to Garden." She holds in-person workshops, lectures and webinars, and a radio show where she shares her expertise. In 2020, she returned to The Times as the writer for the column "In the Garden."

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