"Because everyone yearns to play in the dirt…"
her constant, undying pursuit of all things garden-related, Tovah
gets her hands dirty both outside and indoors. She is a perennial,
heirloom, vegetable and cottage gardener of fanatical proportions,
and is accredited with NOFA as an Organic Land Care Professional.
Beyond the garden outdoors, Tovah’s areas of specialty also
include decades of experience with tropicals (especially begonias)
in windowsills, greenhouses, and otherwise. Her passion for gardening
inside her home led to her most recent books, The Unexpected Houseplant
(Timber Press, 2012) and The New Terrarium (Clarkson Potter/Publishers,
2009). These newest publications are added to more than a dozen
titles that Tovah has authored including Tasha Tudor’s Garden
(Houghton Mifflin, 1994). Check out her lecture schedule for a
talk, demonstration or workshop near you.
You can also catch the gardening
contagion and read about Tovah’s successes, foibles, and
travels through her articles in Country Gardens, Traditional
Home, Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful, Cottage Journal,
Better Homes & Gardens, at Home magazine, Connecticut Cottages
& Gardens, Flower magazine, Horticulture, Coastal Living,
Coastal Home, Old House Interiors, Early Homes, Westchester
Home & Garden, This Old House Magazine, and The
Litchfield County Times as well as many other publications.
Recently, she proudly served as the 2012 Writer-in-Residence
for Victoria magazine. In other media, Tovah has ventured into
web content writing, follow her blog at www.plantswise.com
and follow her on Facebook at Plantswise by Tovah Martin. Watch
Tovah in action on television – she has appeared most
recently on the CBS Sunday Early Show http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7251965n
and the Martha Stewart Show as well as many other broadcasts
including the PBS television gardening series “Cultivating
Life,” where she served as editorial producer.
Among the most moving moments in her life occurred when Tovah
was awarded an Honorary Membership in The Garden Club of America
and the Litchfield Garden Club in May 2010 and when she became
the recipient of the GCA’s medal for outstanding literary
achievement. In 2013, she received the Gustav Mehlquist Award—the
highest honor bestowed by the Connecticut Horticultural Society.
The Unexpected Houseplant being published by Timber
Press in August, 2012!
Indoor plants have gotten a bad rap and are often associated
with dusty and dowdy African violets, languishing philodendrons,
and bloom-free orchids. No longer! It's time for plant lovers
to dust off their houseplants, update their image, and discover
just how exciting, trendy, and crucial plants can be in the home.