A memoir of grief, gardening and hope
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I live in a beautiful garden. It entertains, nourishes and sustains me. When I'm not gardening I'm writing, building on my career as a journalist at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where I produced stories from around North America and the world. One of my documentaries led me to write a book, Citizens of Nowhere, about the difficult adjustments young refugees in Canada had to make in their first year. Anxiety over a partner with cancer and grief led me to write about a garden - a Victory Garden. That memoir, A Victory Garden For Trying Times describes a year of a garden during a time of love, hope and despair.

Now and then I blog. Now and then I write travel articles. Now and then I concentrate on photography. Check out my other pages where I'll be posting links to that work.

My Books

Citizens of Nowhere

A Victory Garden For Trying Times

The Perfect Candidate


This is a beautiful memoir. A compelling and intimate reflection  on love and grief and ordinary things that comfort and sustain us - like getting your hands dirty. A timeless journey for anyone who finds beauty in the light that filters through a canopy of trees or the damp sweet smell of freshly turned earth.

Alison Smith

Former CBC broadcaster,  CPAC host

Public Events

Launched in Toronto and St.Catharines in Sept/19

Grimsby Public Library  October 2/19

A talk in my hometown

Wine and Words, Author Series

Oct. 9/19

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Rotary Club, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Noon, Oct.22/19. Guest speaker, World Polio Day

Work Your Grief into Art

6 p.m.Hospice Niagara

January 22, 2020

A talk on Victory Gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens 680 Plains Road,

Burlington, Ontario

7 p.m. March 12/20

(About forty people showed up just as everything was being shut down. Great crowd for the last scheduled talk for a while. Spring and fall events cancelled due to COVID-19)


Debi Goodwin

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416-214-5544 ext.222

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