From Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul

Who Is Marion Owen?

After eight years at sea as a seaman and merchant marine officer, Marion Owen found a home ashore in 1984 in Kodiak, Alaska. Switching her focus to the land, Marion became a master gardener and passionate organic gardener. Now she has thirty raised beds filled with flowers, vegetables and herbs—a teaching garden, where visitors are welcome to explore and learn.

Marion is known as “The Compost Queen.” In her columns for newspapers, magazines and Web sites, her articles cover everything from organic gardening techniques, to environmental issues, composting, cooking and healthy living. She also enjoys developing “sneaky nutrition” recipes such as “Out of This World Chocolate Beet Cake,” as a way to get nutritious food into family meals. Marion also developed and patented PlanTea, an organic fertilizer in convenient tea bags for the home gardener (www.plantea.com). PlanTea is brewed like regular tea to make a liquid concentrate.

Marion’s garden is also where she finds beautiful subjects to photograph. For over fifteen years, her award-winning photographs have been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Organic Gardening, The Nature Conservancy, Patagonia, Audubon, TIME, Alaska magazine and Business Week. She likes to capture a different view in her photographs: raindrops splashing off flower petals, closeups of snowflakes and salmon swimming underwater.

A gifted teacher, Marion developed a popular series of photography and gardening courses through the University of Alaska. She combines her motivational speaking, gardening and photography skills in slide presentations for master gardener conferences, garden clubs, business seminars and more. She encourages her audiences to discover what they love to do, and then to do it!

Born and raised on Puget Sound in Washington State, Marion and her husband Marty enjoy exploring Kodiak Island on their boat.

Marion loves sea-kayaking, weight lifting, hiking, fishing, reading, scuba diving, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Marion can be reached at:

P.O. Box 1694 • Kodiak, AK 99615-1694
Phone: 907-486-5079
E-mail: [email protected]

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