Marty Wingate

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Marty Wingate is a Seattle-based writer and speaker who shares her love of Britain in her two mystery series. The Potting Shed books feature Pru Parke, a middle-aged American gardener transplanted from Texas to England, and Birds of a Feather follows Julia Lanchester, bird lover, who runs a tourist office in a Suffolk village. Marty writes garden articles for magazines including Country Gardens and the American Gardener. She is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Crime Writers Association. She leads garden tours to England, Scotland and Ireland, spending free moments deep in research for her books. Or in pubs.


Upcoming Events

Gardens, Birds, and Books: January 30, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Pacific time), KIRO Radio 97.3 FM

Marty fills in on the popular Northwest show Gardening With Ciscoe. Listen online:

Inspiring Landscapes: February 12, 12:30 p.m. at Portland’s Yard Garden & Patio Show

Marty will talk about the gardens that inspire the Potting Shed mysteries.

A Shrub for Every Garden: February 20, 10:30 a.m. at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Marty digs down deep to find the perfect shrub for you. It’s no mystery that shrubs are called the “bones of the garden.”

Left Coast Crime: February 25-28

Find Marty in the Great Cactus Caper in Phoenix talking mysteries with fans and authors.

Mysterious Britain: March 12, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Edmonds, Washington library

Marty shares the panel with two other authors as they discuss what it’s like for an American to write a book set in England.

Gardens and Gardeners Abroad: March 16

See beautiful gardens and hear great stories about the people who created them at the Kingston (Washington) Garden Club.

The Armchair Garden Traveler: April 12

It’s almost as good as reading a Potting Shed mystery. On April 12, Marty will take you on a tour of gardens in England, Scotland, and Ireland at the Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group.

Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire

Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire

Malice Domestic: April 28-May 2

Join the fun with Marty and other traditional mystery authors and fans.

Gardens of the Cotswolds: July 6-16

Marty will lead a small group around England looking at fabulous public and private gardens. The tour includes a brewery tour and a visit to the ancient standing stone in Avebury and more. Details at:

Books by Marty Wingate