Carol Michel

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46217

Gardener, writer, owner of the world's largest hoe collection, keeper of the secrets to happiness in your garden, and collector of old gardening books, Carol Michel shares about all kinds of gardening with a mix of humor and horticulture.

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Gardener, author, owner of the world's largest hoe collection, keeper of the secrets to happiness in your garden, and collector of old gardening books, Carol mixes horticulture and humor in her presentations on a wide variety of gardening topics.

She is also the author of two books:  Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life (2017) which received the 2018 Garden Media Gold Award for Best Book from GWA: The Association of Garden Communicators, and Homegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life (2018).  

She is available to speak to garden clubs and groups of all sizes, any time of the day and evenings, too. 

Contact her to find out more about her presentations.  


  • The Twelve Secrets to Happiness in Your Garden (A great keynote speech)
  • Beauty and the Vegetable Feast  
  • Eat Your Garden
  • Grow Vegetables, No Excuses
  • Vegetable Gardening from A to Z
  • Tidbits and Treasures from Old Gardening Books
  • Gardening Tools, Beyond the Hoe
  • Time Management for Gardeners (short, 15 minute presentation)
  • Pillywiggin's Pleasaunce - Beyond Pink Tulips and Yellow Daffodil
  • Ver Perpetuum - Perpetual Spring in the Garden with Late Fall, Winter, and Early Spring Blooms
  • Plan Your Garden, Garden Your Plan
  • Odes to Compost: A Poetry Reading
  • My Little Black Book of Favorite Plants
  • When Opportunity Knocks: My Journey From a Blog to a Book
  • Garden Blogging - Join Other Gardeners Online thru Blogging
  • Feel free to contact me to discuss a custom program for your club or group!



Indianapolis, Indiana

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La Porte County Master Gardeners Spring Garden Sho

eunice conway from indiana - 03/27/2018 15:06:21

Carol was a GREAT speaker with lots of knowledge presented in an easy way for all the audience to understand. Everybody liked her.

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Spring Garden Clinic

Jessica Subick from Indianapolis - 03/02/2018 09:18:28

I thoroughly enjoyed Carol's talk on enjoying your vegetable garden. She gave a lot of helpful information with such humor and personality! Very enjoyable to listen to.

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Veggies: Home Show speech

Lainie Veenstra from Zionsville, IN - 01/23/2018 22:15:46

Carol has an incredible knowledge about growing veggies but her gift of creative humor added a lot of fun to what could be a dull topic. With Carol, everything is interesting . she definitely knows how to hold her audience..even the ones like me who aren't terribly interested in veggies !! She is EXCELLENT !!! SUPER GREAT !!!

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