Mariana Greene and her husband, Dallas Observer reporter Jim Schutes, have restored a vintage home in Lakewood, filled their yard with native and adapted plants and raised a flock of funky chickens that have often become the subjects of Mariana’s articles and blogs. 

She stays up to date with the local gardening societies. She frequently posts about upcoming plant sales, meetings of various garden groups and garden tours in the area.

I have always admired Mariana and her husband. They are not afraid to put their opinions on the line when it really matters. They both are major influences in the green and liberal causes communities in Dallas. Though semi-retired, Mariana is still a sought-after speaker, guest writer and expert on many of the topics that have been her mainstays over the years. I think Mariana is just awesome,