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About The Author


As a freelance garden communicator, I wrote regular gardening columns for over 10 years, reaching more than 15,000 homes in northwest Connecticut. My writings have included contributions to the section on “woodies” for the White Flower Farm Spring catalogs in addition to having my writing and photographs published regularly in Edible Nutmeg, Connecticut Gardener, and other horticultural publications.

As a professional horticulturist, I have spoken on numerous gardening radio shows from Alaska to Connecticut. I’m an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden, in the Connecticut Master Gardener Program and have taught for The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut. I speak at regional symposiums, flower shows, to civic groups and garden clubs, among other organizations. I’m known for my good humor, charm, and encyclopedic knowledge of ornamentals and edibles, creating talks that are both instructive and highly entertaining on a broad range of subjects which I tailor to each audience, using images from a  sizable slide collection. Go to my listing on Great Garden Speakers for more information.

In addition to this little book on self watering containers, I recently (2018) wrote and published a book on hydrangeas, Success with Hydrangeas, A Gardener’s Guide. You can read all about it here or at my other website where there is lots more info. While you’re there, sign up for that blog dedicated exclusively to that magnificent plant.

I also write a monthly blog for Coast of Maine products on a variety of horticultural topics. You can read them here.

My real passion is the garden that my husband and I created which is not only my laboratory but has been the subject of magazine articles and has been on several garden tours.

Lorraine Ballato.....Photo:P. Weil

Lorraine Ballato…..Photo:P. Weil

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