Hi! I'm Marge Hebblethwaite, owner of Gardenwise of Central New York and your garden coach. I have over 20 years of practical hands-on gardening experience and a passion for helping gardeners grow. I've been fascinated with the natural world (plants and animals) since childhood and I never seem to find enough time to enjoy and experience the outdoors. I graduated from SUNY-ESF with a PhD in environmental and forest biology and taught biology in several local colleges while honing my gardening skills on the side. After leaving the world of college teaching, I provided lay counseling and teaching at my local church and was able to invest more time developing my home garden. My particular passions are designing beautiful container gardens, overwintering tender plants, garden design and shade gardening.
After many years of digging in my own garden, sharing gardening tips with friends, travelling back and forth to nurseries and passing plants over the fence to my neighbors, I'm happy to do what I love most- spread the knowledge and joy of gardening to my clients.