Marianne Willburn

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Marianne Willburn is a gardening columnist, speaker, and avid gardener based in northern Virginia. She has spent much of her gardening life in small city and suburban gardens in places as diverse as California, the United Kingdom, and the Mid-Atlantic. Marianne is the author of Tropical Plants and How to Love Them (Cool Springs Press, 2021) and Big Dreams, Small Garden (Skyhorse Publishing, 2017). She is also a contributing editor at Her work appears regularly in Better Homes and Gardens, The American Gardener, and other digital and print magazines. Her Small Town Gardener blog and newspaper column have won several national awards.

About Better Homes & Gardens

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