Garden writer Marty Figley passed away on November 25, 2009. Marty was a freelance writer and gardening was a subject near and dear to her heart. She began as a garden writer for The Observer and Eccentric newspapers in 1987 and joined the Garden Writers Association that same year. Marty was a member of the Herb Society of America, an Honorary Life Member of the Cranbrook House and Garden Auxiliary, and an Advanced Master Gardener in Oakland County. See the Detroit News obituary for more information.