Margaret Roach was the editorial director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, a company she had been with for 15 years, when she decided to walk away from it all.

She writes about that journey in her memoir, "And I Shall Have Some Peace There, Trading in the Fast Lane for My Own Dirt Road," which she will discuss in addition to showing her slide presentation about a 365-day garden at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the New Canaan Library.

Event co-sponsor Elm Street Books will sell copies of the book, which will be available for signing afterward.

Roach, who moved to her weekend house upstate in an effort to lead a more authentic life by connecting with her garden and nature, first made her name in gardening by writing a classic gardening book and now has a popular gardening blog, "A Way to Garden" ( Her memoir is funny, humble and uplifting, an "Eat, Pray, Love" without the travel. It allows readers to live out the fantasy of quitting the rat race and getting away from it all.

"Knowing and working with Margaret Roach for almost 20 years did not prepare me for this superb and personal book," says Martha Stewart. "I was surprised and pleased beyond measure with the beautiful prose, the myriad literary and botanical references and Margaret's own unrelenting, introspective analysis of why she has done what so few of us would ever have the guts to do."

Roach has been a columnist at the New York Times, fashion editor at Newsday, the first garden editor for Martha Stewart Living magazine and the editorial director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

In 2008, she left New York City for her home upstate, where she is a consultant and avid gardener, keeping fans up to date on her blogs, A Way to Garden and The Sister Project. A Way to Garden was named Best Garden Book of the Year by the Garden Writers' Association of America. She also wrote "Groundcovers," part of the Burpee American Gardening Series, and co-authored "The Natural Habitat Garden."

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