Tanya Anderson of Lovely Greens
Tanya Anderson is an author, teacher, and YouTube personality passionate about organic gardening and soapmaking. She shares a simple green-living ethos with a focus on how growing a garden can bring resilience and connection to the natural world.
Hello and welcome. I’m Tanya, and I love all things gardening and nature, including growing vegetables, foraging, making handmade soap, and eating. Yes, most of all, eating. I’ve also found that by growing a garden, I understand my food and soil better and have found a deep connection to the land. It’s only by living close to nature that you can be a part of it!
The best way that we can do that is by cultivating and caring for the spaces around our home. Growing and making your own can also build resilience and help cut costs, and the Lovely Greens ethos is to live simply, grow your own, and make natural things. Aside from this idea-filled website, you can find inspiration on the YouTube channel, Instagram, and my book.
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Connection to the Natural World
Though I used to garden on an allotment, I now focus on gardening in our half-acre garden on the Isle of Man. I grow all manner of plants, from tomatoes and raspberries to flowers, that I can use in handmade skincare and soapmaking. I also have two colonies of honeybees, three cats, and a fantastic partner who supports and helps me (even when he’s not that thrilled about digging!).
I’m also self-taught, though I grew up in a family that was a little old-fashioned. So, I wasn’t new to keeping chickens, preserving food, and gardening. I’m so thankful for that early experience, but it was not considered very cool when I was a kid. Like many young people, I went to college and found myself a million miles away from home and anything earthy.
So there I was, fifteen years ago, commuting to work, doing the 9-5, and spending very little time outdoors. I wasn’t happy, though, and I realized that I had a major disconnect between the life I wanted to live and the path I was on.
It was through rediscovering gardening and old-fashioned living that I found myself. I also found that all so important connection to the natural world!
Fresh Ideas for Useful Plants
I share a lot of ideas for how you can find that same connection, and it all begins in the garden. Growing food that nurtures body and soul and using plants in creative ways. It could be growing flowers for handmade soap, vegetables for homemade meals, or herbs for health. I believe that our natural human habitat is equal parts nature, home, and community and that an edible garden can bring it all together.
We can improve our lives and the environment by growing and making our own. Lovely Greens is about sharing with you what I’ve learned. How to grow herbs, vegetables, and fruit and use them to make soap and natural beauty products. At the heart of Lovely Greens is the philosophy that gardening and traditional crafts bring us back to our roots as people. We were made to make!
Getting Started on Lovely Greens
First of all, I’d love for you to have my book. A Woman’s Garden is available through many major booksellers and also directly from me. You can also browse free ideas ranging from organic gardening tips to soap-making recipes through the menu at the top of the page or over here. If you like what you see so far, I’d also like to invite you to subscribe to my free newsletter.
In it, I share seasonal ideas, gardening tips, and DIY projects. Best of all, it just arrives in your inbox, and you can read it at your leisure. I also share regular videos on YouTube. There, I share my personal gardening spaces with you and share tips and creative ideas. You can subscribe here, and make sure to click the little bell icon on my channel to get notifications for new videos.
Organic Gardening & Natural Soapmaking
Every piece is intended to show how to create a stronger bond with nature, the food we eat, and the products we use. There’s a lot of material covered on my site, and you can use the top navigation to move around different topics.
Lovely Green on the Isle of Man
Though I am American, I moved away twenty years ago and, through chance, landed on a small island in the middle of the Irish Sea. The Isle of Man is a rural place made up of rolling green hills, forested glens, crashing waves, and only about 85K people.
It also has a strong Celtic heritage and an island way of life that I love. If you’re curious about the Isle of Man, I have many pieces sharing fun things to do here, local green initiatives, and some of the beautiful and ancient places you can visit.
Thanks for Visiting Lovely Greens
I hope you enjoy exploring all that Lovely Greens has to offer, and if you’d like to connect, you can find me at the socials below. When I’m not writing or making videos, I’m giving soap-making lessons, visiting my honeybees, and tending the home and allotment gardens. I also make a range of natural soap and beauty products at lovelygreens.co.uk.
I’m also a proud member of the Garden Media Guild, a professional organization for garden writers in Britain. Guild members are professional members of garden media and include authors, journalists, photographers, editors, broadcasters, lecturers, and artists.
Awards & Honors
- BBC’s Gardeners’ World
- Grow Your Own Magazine
- The Telegraph
- The Simple Things
- Kitchen Garden Magazine
- Grow Your Own Magazine
- Permaculture Magazine
- Flybe’s Flight Time Magazine
- Country Homes & Interiors
- Willow & Sage Magazine
- Vegetarian Living Magazine
- MTTV — Isle of Man TV
- Manx Radio’s Women Today
- Manx Radio’s Late Lunch Show
- The Manx Independent
- The Isle of Man Examiner
- Manx Plants & Gardens Journal