The Village Gardener

Dianne MacFarland

Dianne MacFarland Village Gardener

I have been a resident of the village of Menands for almost 30 years – choosing this wonderful community as a place to raise my children. I have been interested in gardening since working in a greenhouse as a teenager, and then taking some horticulture courses at the University of Vermont. My real love for gardening began as a hobby when I became a widow and needed something to fill the void in my life. Most of my knowledge as a gardener I learned by digging, growing things and sharing the knowledge and love of gardening with others.

I became involved with the village of Menands gardening as a volunteer and member of the Parks/Beautification committee; then as the “water girl” and for the last decade as the village gardener. Though a seasonal position (from April through October), gardeners spend the winter months thinking about their successes and mistakes of the past growing season and what to do the next growing season. I have worked with many varieties of plants and killed a good many along the way. Like all gardeners, I am enthusiastic and generous with my knowledge – happy to share my garden successes and woes with other gardening zealots or beginners.

I spend early mornings, evenings and weekends tending the village’s gardening allotments – hanging baskets, containers and garden beds throughout the village. Over the past decade, many of the village beds have been upgraded or renewed to keep them looking beautiful with a mix of annuals and perennials. I find our local Capital District Farmers Market a great source for plant material. Almost everything I use in the village’s gardens is grown and produced locally – assuring what I believe will be an easy transition from one garden bed to another.

As we go forward with this webpage, I would like to see this page become an opportunity for sharing garden tips as well as finding some answers to questions that arise. I am not an expert but have found many good sources over the years to assist the garden hobbyist in becoming successful.

Please email me to share any gardening tips as well as ask gardening questions at

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