About Michael

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Old House, Old Garden columnist Michael Weishan first began gardening at the age of five. Originally intending to follow his grandfather into the State Department (hence his Harvard training in Classics and Romance Languages), Michael ultimately chose to pursue a different path – combining avocation with vocation in the field of landscape design.

After founding his own design/build firm Michael Weishan & Associates in 1986 – a practice he still actively heads – Michael began to share his gardening expertise through writing, first in his own quarterly newsletter, Traditional Gardening, and then for Old House Journal. From there, Michael went on to publish his first book, The New Traditional Garden, (Ballantine 1999) which has been widely credited with introducing the joys of old-house gardening to North America. A contributor to numerous national magazines and periodicals over the last decade, Michael is the former Gardening Editor of both Country Living and New Old House magazines. He has authored two other books: From a Victorian Garden (Viking 2004), and the Victory Garden Companion, published by HarperCollins in 2006.

In the field of electronic media, Michael is a veteran of National Public Radio where he hosted his own program, The Cultivated Gardener for several years before he debuted as the host of The Victory Garden on PBS in 2001. There he shared his design tips, expert advice, and trademark sense of humor with gardeners of all levels for six years. Michael has appeared frequently on various other national programs as well, including spots on the CBS Early Show, and NBC’s Today Show. Michael will be returning to PBS next year with his new series, Garden Earth.

Michael lives west of Boston in an 1852 farmhouse surrounded by three acres of gardens, pastures and woodland.


About Michael — 14 Comments

  1. Hello, Michael,
    I so enjoyed Victory Garden when you were hosting. Now I am delighted to discover your websites. We shared, in addition to gardening, a common interest in childhood: Thalassa Cruso. She was a friend of my grandfather’s and also lived in Newton, MA. I have wonderful photos and memories of her. Oh, the stories I could tell! She was very fond of my pet otter and I used to visit with him. Later on, we ended up as neighbors on Beacon Street in Boston. Every morning we would meet in The Public Garden and as we strode through, she would tell people that she was “rapidly disintegrating!” Sadly, she ended up at the alzheimers home in W. Newton. For the last 15 years, I have been here in southern Vermont in my 1792 farmhouse with lots of gardens and birds. My dear friend and gardening companion was the late Tasha Tudor, on whose behalf I accepted the Mass. Horticultural Society’s gold medal some years back. Perhaps I will send you a clip of the video we did for the Asian audience. Best wishes to you from a fan in Vermont.
    Every good wish,
    Ken Anderson

  2. I moved from Concord MA to Asheville, NC last summer. I miss New England but the winters drove me here. I also miss Victory Garden reruns with you as the host!! Looking forward to your new show. Best of luck. Nancy Martemucci

  3. I was doing an internet search for small trees and your website was listed to my surprise. From MKE, I am too but now reside in CA. I’m also a fan of your Victory Garden TV show, and look forward to your new show. You’re always entertaining as you share your garden tips. Keep up the good work and thanks!

  4. Michael,

    It’s been a long while since I received email notice of your blog postings. I guess my address may have fallen behind the file cabinet. Happy to return to the active files.

    My friend Herald (of Spring) assures that spring is arriving.

    All the best

  5. Michale thank you for being you a Master Gardener, Iread all of your blog posting and love watching reruns of the Victory Garden show .I look forward to your next new show Garden Earth, when will it be on PBS? GLS.

  6. Just discovered your blog: how wonderful! Rare to see someone keeping it up (it’s hard work I know). I write a gardening column in British Columbia and was on deadline –still am–and searching the history of cutting gardens when I found you. A fine bit of procrastination ensued 🙂

  7. Am designing some new plantings for an old Tudor style house in Easton, Pa. and came across your blog. Ever use Osmanthus or Camellia? They may not be hardy in New England but sometimes limits can be pushed. Enjoying your writings.

  8. Hello,
    I”m trying to find a source for buying Persaillotte, can you suggest one online? Love the flavor of this delicate spice.

  9. Michael, I found hundreds of old gardening books in a home we were tearing down. I have all if the Reginal Farrer books, and too many more to note. some were dated back to the 1800’s. They are taking space in my garage an I would like to make a buck or two off them or donate them. I must have close to 300 books. If you would like any more info, please contact me anytime.
    Thanks Bev

  10. Hi Michael.

    I miss your show victory garden with you and Kip. you guys had some great shows. I am from Green Bay Wisconsin. I have a very large vegetable garden and also lots of flowers this is my stress release. My favorite flower plants are iris. I also start my own tomatoes, Peppers and my extra plants I give away to the neighbors. last year was hard year we had very little rain my rain barrels never got completely full. I have five 55 gallon drums.

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