Audrey Stallsmith, Contributing Writer

Audrey Stallsmith

Contributing Writer


  • Expertise: Former master gardener and long-term horticulturist 
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Houghton College
  • Other work: Mystery novelist and newspaper correspondent published in a wide variety of print publications as well as online ones


A freelance writer for over 30 years, Audrey Stallsmith has specialized in garden-related nonfiction for the last 10 years. She has been writing for since October of 2020 and is also a mystery novelist and photographer.

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“I’m fond of garden paths myself, especially twisty ones where you can’t see what’s around the next bend. The beauty of both life and horticulture is that we never know what will be coming up next. Perhaps it’s time we embraced that uncertainty rather than resenting it.” 

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