Marty Ross Marty is an award-winning garden journalist and author of hundreds of articles for Better Homes & Gardens and Country Gardens. Her monthly newspaper gardening column was syndicated to newspapers in North America for 25 years. She was a gardening columnist for the Kansas City Star for 20 years, and for many years also wrote gardening columns for the New York Times. She has written for major gardening magazines around the world, including Horticulture, The American Gardener, and The Garden. She is a professional reporter and journalist, but also a gardener, with a sprawling country garden in Virginia. About Better Homes & Gardens Better Homes & Gardens, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is the only iconic home brand with a 100+ year history of providing trustworthy and achievable ideas for all doers and home-enthusiasts. We are the go-to resource for fresh takes on home, food, and gardening—inspiring people to bring their dreams to life at home on special occasions and every day. BHG reaches 45 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial process.