Emily Murphy

Emily Murphy is an author, gardener, and podcast host. Her book Grow What You Love, 12 Food Plant Families to Change Your Life, showcases 12 sets of seasonal ingredients, garden-to-table recipes, and easy-to-follow methods for growing your garden, regardless of size. Emily is also a photographer, cook, garden design coach and consultant, and creator of the celebrated blog, Pass The Pistil.

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Gardening and helping others to live better are at the core of Emily Murphy’s work. 

She is an organic gardener with a BS in Ethnobotanical Resources from Humboldt State University, where she studied various subjects, including botany, cultural studies, ecology, environmental science, herbal medicine, and religious studies. She later studied pedagogy at Sierra Nevada College and garden design at the California School of Garden Design. 

Emily teaches and speaks regularly about gardening and living, and her writing appears in numerous publications such as Better Homes & Gardens. She also worked as a classroom teacher and school garden educator. 

She has been featured in various media outlets, such as:

  • The secret to a garden? Grow what you love — Press Democrat
  • The Kitchen Garden Radio Show — With Francis Nesbitt, Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Make Earth Day Count — The Mike Nowak Show
  • Connect With Nature By Growing What You Love — Interview with Larry Meiller on the Larry Meiller Show, Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Gardener Author Advises Grow What You Love — Marin Independent Journal
  • Meet Emily Murphy | Grow What You Love — Interview with Bren Haas
  • How to Grow Kale — Mother Earth Living
  • How to Grow Sunflowers — Mother Earth News
  • The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener Radio Show, 9 – 10am CT March 3rd, on WNOV 860 AM & W293CX 106.5 FM
  • Glean, press, pass the apple cider — Marin Independent Journal
  • Water Wise Gardening Trends & Tips with Emily Murphy — CBS, Good Day, Sacramento
  • Get Your Garden Started with Emily Murphy — Fox 32, Chicago

Emily’s podcast, Grow What You Love, leads us on a journey through the unexpected gardens of artists and culinary experts.

We meet food and garden influencers and discover people living on the fringe, creating roof-top gardens, and finding ways to grow their most prized ingredients wherever they live. Here we find inspiration and story while unearthing prized, homegrown ingredients and a shared passion for growing, making, and seasonal cooking.

The podcast is not just a show about growing vegetables and flowers. It’s about growth with a capital G, which translates into all parts of life: family, well-being, adventuring outdoors, creating positive change, and finding joy in everyday living. 

Her goal is for everyone to experience the joy gardening can bring, from being in nature to enjoying and living a healthy lifestyle.