Debbie Rea

Do you want to work with an experienced gardener, writer, and speaker? I’ve been gardening in the Chicago area for over 25 years. My specialty is growing anything edible–vegetables, herbs, fruit, and even edible flowers. I also make a big point of cooking with garden ingredients all year round. I got certified as a Will County Master Gardener in 2010 and a Master Naturalist in 2014. As a garden speaker and writer, I’ve been sharing my knowledge to help others with their gardens for a long time, and I’m a member of GardenComm (Garden Communicators International).

For pricing and more details on any of these services, contact me: (708)289-4434

Organic Gardening Presentation
Seed Starting Workshop
Behind the Scenes of a Virtual Presentation
Kitchen Garden Tour

GROW SOMETHING, something beautiful—even better, something to eat!

Debbie Rea — The Gardener Wife


Do you need a speaker for your group or organization? I am available for speaking engagements on gardening and/or Christian faith topics.

I have presented programs on organic gardening, container gardening, edible flowers, and more. I use my own photos in my slide presentations and can supply informative handouts as well. As a follower of Christ and lifelong student of the Bible, I also lead Bible studies and speak on faith topics.

  • While I love to speak in person, I’m available for virtual presentations, too.


I teach and inspire folks to grow things and to use them through my newsletter, blog, and social media, and I have a wonderfully supportive following.

My audience continues to follow me even though I have cut back on my garden writing since January 2021 because I am currently working on a doctorate degree. This program is very challenging, so my posts and newsletters have become quite sporadic. However, much of the writing I’m doing for my courses has an emphasis on gardening as well as urban ministry.

I plan to write monthly newsletters and weekly blog posts after I graduate. Meanwhile, I’m doing what I can. Thank you, all, for your patience!


I work with sponsors and affiliates whose brands I support and am available for collaborations on home and garden products. The views that I express on my social media channels and in my newsletter and blog always represent my personal opinions, whether I receive any compensation for them or not.

I usually tag brands when I mention products gifted to me. To discuss possible collaboration on a campaign to my newsletter, blog, and/or social media audiences, contact me via email or my mobile phone, 708-289-4434.

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Donna Hirsch

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Sherry TerMaat

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