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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Tanya Anderson is the creator behind Lovely Greens

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.

Grow your own medicinal herb larder with these ideas for plants to grow in a salve garden. Includes plants to infuse into healing balms to soothe eczema, bug bites, and minor burns and injuries #herbalism #herbalmedicine #apothecary
Beds filled with culinary and skincare herbs

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!

I share ideas such as how to make lavender oil with fresh flowers.

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!

How to Naturally Color Handmade Soap + Ingredients Chart: Plant-based and natural ways to color handmade cold-process soap. Includes natural soap colors listed by color, ingredient, how to use them #soaprecipe #soapmaking #handmadesoap
Naturally coloring handmade soap with herbs, flowers, and other natural ingredients.

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.

Tanya Anderson is the author of A Woman’s Garden

Organic Gardening & Natural Soapmaking

The two most popular topics on Lovely Greens are Organic Gardening and How to make Natural Soap. There’s a strong connection between the two because many of the edibles you grow can be used to make plant-based beauty products. Other topics I introduce include food recipes, foraging, and beekeeping.

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.

An introduction to how to use herbs and flowers to make natural herbal skin care. Covers herbal extracts recipes using them to make lotions, creams, and other beauty items. Part of the DIY Herbal Skin Care series #lovelygreens #herbalskincare #diybeauty
Many homegrown herbs and flowers are fantastic in DIY skincare.

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.

Learn more about incredible things to do on the Isle of Man.

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.

Happy gardening and making! ✌💚 Tanya

Awards & Honors

  • 2017 YouTube Next Up Winner — London
  • Finalist for the 2018 UK Blog Awards — Green & Eco category
  • HGTV
  • 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
  • Yogalife
  • 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

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