Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB lives an eremitic life, is a freelance writer with a Benedictine spirituality, a Certified Greenhouse Grower, Advanced Master Gardener, liturgical garden consultant, and workshop/retreat leader. She is the coordinator emeritus of the St. Francis Retreat Center Garden Society in DeWitt, Michigan. She has a master’s degree in communications.

Margaret is the author of three books, all awarded the Catholic Writer’s Guild Seal of Approval: A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac, Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent, and A Garden of Visible Prayer: Creating a Personal Sacred Space One Step at a Time, 2nd Edition.

She is a regular columnist at CatholicMom.comAleteia.org, and previously blogged about gardening and spirituality at Patheos.com.