Tom Atwell

Tom Atwell

Staff Writer

Tom Atwell has written the Maine Gardener column in the Maine Sunday Telegram since the spring of 2004. He has worked at the Press Herald/Sunday Telegram since 1974, about the same time he started gardening with any seriousness.

He gardens with his wife, Nancy. She not only is the better gardener of the pair, but also knows the botanical names of plants. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

Tom was born in Skowhegan, grew up in Farmington and graduated from the University of Maine with a BA in journalism. His goal each year is to have continuous compost from his three compost bins, continuous bloom in his low-maintenance garden and more fruits and vegetables on his family table than the garden pests eat in the field.

Latest Articles by Tom Atwell

April 12, 2014

Book Review: Teen adrift finds direction on the road in Portland teacher’s novel

In “The Other Way Around,” author Sashi Kaufman finds a new take on the coming-of-age story.

February 15, 2014

Book Review: ‘Wild Plants of Maine’ a foraging primer

Tom Seymour’s book has the dual benefit of helping people enjoy the outdoors and improve their diets.

January 4, 2014

Book Review: ‘The Contest’

James Hurley’s novel on fly fishermen is set in a fictional Maine town.

November 30, 2013

Author Q&A: Love and family in rough and calm seas

A new novel by a Cape Elizabeth writer, partly set in Maine, follows entangled characters from before World War II to the ’80s.

October 12, 2013

Books Q&A: “Blessed Boyhood! The ‘Early Memoir’ of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain”

The book covers Chamberlain’s childhood in Brewer and early career at Bowdoin.

April 3, 2013

What Ales You: Allagash expansion highlights burgeoning sales

The new system, with a price tag of about $4 million, is needed because Allagash sales are growing by 40 percent a year.

March 27, 2013

What Ales You: Looks good! Tastes great! Both sides win

December 1, 2012

Master Gardener: For gifts that keep giving, gardening books never out of season

November 10, 2012

Maine Gardener: Jeff Tarling shares his ardor for the arbor

Among the tips from Portland's arborist: Small trees grow better.

October 31, 2012

What Ales You: November's flash of genius? Beer Week, of course

Portland Beer Week opens Sunday, runs through Nov. 10, and has something for everyone who loves beer or might like to try it.