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 four 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, Homegrown and Handpicked: A Year in a Gardening Life (2018), Seeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life (2019) and The Christmas Cottontail (2019).  

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)
  • How to Live Your Best Gardening Life
  • Ready, Set, Garden (A talk customized to the time of year about what can be done in the garden at that time)
  • Games Gardeners Play (A light-hearted look at gardening!)
  • 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!



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Humor and Intelligence

Jessica Walliser from PA - 09/12/2019 11:51:08

I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Carol at a recent event in Michigan, and I was impressed by both her use of humor and her gardening knowledge. She had the crowd in stitches while still giving them useful information on how to be a better gardener. Two green thumbs up for Carol!

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Hancock County Master Gardener Green Thumb Series

Elaine Whitfield from Carthage - 04/08/2019 21:57:29

Carol connected with the audience almost immediately with her down-to-earth, humorous observations of gardening and those that practice it. I would definitely recommend her to other gardening groups.

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Humor and Gardening Tips Make a Great Program

Vicki Snarr from Indiana - 04/08/2019 11:42:30

Carol Michel spoke at the Hancock County Green Thumb Project Event this past Saturday. Her whimsical approach to good gardening practices really resonated with our audience. All feed back was positive. We highly recommend her "12 Secrets to Happiness in Your Garden" presentation! Carol is a easy to work with and so knowledgeable.

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