about me


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Hi! My name is Alexandra, although I often go by Alex.

I’m a Canadian city-dweller and have lived my life in thirds in the western prairies, Quebec and Ontario. I’ve been moving into warmer Plant Zones, from Zone 3 to 5 to now, a balmy Zone 7 in the most sheltered part of my garden—where plant opportunities abound!

I love the diversity of the United States, too. New York City (restaurants, museums and the fabulous High Line) excites me as much as hiking in the New Hampshire backcountry (cool streams and alpine plants) or on the desert trails of the California valleys (the smell of sagebrush on a hot sunny day).

I like to forage with my (somewhat unwilling) teenaged son and my (more than willing) rescued mutt Hunter. We think the pup has some Walker Hound and Jack Russell in him; one thing’s for sure—he leads by his nose and I love him for it. I try to include pictures of him in some of my posts.

My memoir, UNEARTHED, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the United States and Penguin Random House in Canada in 2016. It revolves around the healing ability of gardens and the natural world and the fulfillment found in restoring an existing legacy.

Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoy some restorative energy from my posts.

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