Words that Bloom
Words that Bloom

Julie Martens

I am a well-known garden and feature story writer located in Western Maryland with over 25 years of editorial experience. Look for my garden writing and photos on the Lowe's Regional Gardening Mid-Atlantic blog and on the Bonnie Plants website. You'll also find my garden articles in Country Gardens magazine and on the Bayer Advanced website. Lifestyle and food features appear in Hy-Vee Seasons and Life:Beautiful magazines.


I'm also an accomplished text editor and ghostwriter. Areas of experience include the floral industry and greenhouse crop production, cooking and nutrition, healthy lifestyle, and collegiate educational materials.

I don't just write about gardening--I live the garden lifestyle. When I'm not writing about gardening, I'm digging in one of my many garden areas, cutting fresh flowers for impromptu bouquets, cooking homegrown produce, or preserving the harvest for off-season eating and gift giving. Learn more about what's happening in my garden.

New from Julie   August in the Garden

Take the mystery out of home food preservation, including boiling water canning. Check out these articles on Preserving the Harvest.


My top three garden chores this month: watering, harvesting, and deadheading. I'm also keeping an eye on the winter squash and not letting too many fruits set. Fewer fruits means bigger fruits, provided a local groundhog doesn't find them first!

A batch of fresh strawberry jam begs for homemade bread.

Current Writings

Check out my garden blog for Lowe's.


Don't miss my newest book: Quick Color Gardening, available from Amazon.com.


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Current Events

Creative Container Gardens — Allegany College of Maryland. Tuesdays, 4/16-4/30, 7:00-8:30 p.m. OR Saturdays, 4/20-4/27, 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Call 301-784-5341 for info or to register.

Clients say:

“Julie Martens is an editor’s dream. Her copy is engaging, active, and fun. She knows her (gardening) stuff, and she communicates information in an easy-to-understand and enthusiastic way.”


Karen Weir-Jimerson

Editor and author of So Much Sky

Author of So Much Sky



Get In Touch

Readers, fellow gardeners, & potential clients, please contact me at juliegardens@wordsthatbloom.com.

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