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
Kitchen Garden Tour

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

Debbie Rea — The Gardener Wife


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. I’m glad to work with sponsors and affiliates whose brands I support. Contact me to collaborate.

The reviews that I write always express my personal opinion, whether I receive any compensation for them or not.


Do you need a speaker for your group or organization? I do 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.

  • Upcoming Talks:
  • Herb Container Workshop + “A Bit about Bible Herbs”
    • June 17, 2022, at First Baptist Church of Downers Grove

Garden Coach

Growing edibles is my specialty! If you want personal guidance for starting a kitchen garden or for improving or expanding an existing one, I can take a look at your site (in person or virtually) and mentor you. This is a new service that I made available in the spring of 2021. To check if I am available to take on more garden coaching clients, inquire here.

Edible Flower Grower

Have you seen my posts with edible flowers and wished you could get flowers like mine? When they’re in season, you can buy my edible flowers for your special event or restaurant. They will be harvested, washed, and refrigerated the day before or the morning of pick up. Contact me ahead of time to check on availability.

Lots of good, no – EXCELLENT info!

Donna Hirsch

Love the info, fun and creative!

Sherry TerMaat

BOOK a program now.