Barbara Damrosch has worked professionally in the field of horticulture since 1977. She
writes, consults and lectures on gardening and is co-owner, with her husband Eliot
Coleman, of Four Season Farm, an experimental market garden in Harborside, Maine.
From May 2003 to September 2017 she wrote a weekly column for The Washington Post called “A Cook’s Garden.”
She is the author of several books, The Garden Primer, Theme
Gardens, and The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook, co-authored with Eliot,
which won the American Horticultural Society’s Book Award in 2014. Her writing has
also been published extensively in national magazines.
From 1979 to 1992 she operated her own firm, Barbara Damrosch Landscape Design, in
Washington, Connecticut. Her projects since then have included display food gardens for
The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York, and an
award-winning kitchen garden she designed for Alitex Limited at the 2001 Chelsea
Flower Show in London.
During the 1991 and 1992 seasons she appeared as a regular correspondent on the PBS
series “The Victory Garden.” She co-hosted, with Eliot, the series “Gardening Naturally”
for The Learning Channel, airing from 1993-2003.
“Care and artistry are worth the trouble. They can be a satisfaction to the practitioner and a joy to all beholders.”
- Helen Nearing
“Good gardening is very simple, really. You just have to learn to think like a plant.”
- Barbara Damrosch
“Do the best that you can in the place where you are, and be kind.”
- Scott Nearing
“We can discover such civilized eating again.”
- Eliot Coleman