Lee May, the creator of Leemaysgardeninglife blog, died at home Wednesday morning, December 3, after a brief illness. Lee was diagnosed with cancer in mid-September and, after chemotherapy and a short hospitalization, he returned home to hospice care.

For three years, Lee wrote here about his gardening life in Connecticut and in Georgia. While his greatest pleasure was digging in the dirt, nurturing his plants, bushes and trees and creating artful gardens, he took constant delight in exchanges with his readers and fellow gardeners.

Eddie Lee May
April 15, 1941 – December 3, 2014

Lee May was a journalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Los Angeles Times for more than twenty-five years.  He was a news writer and editor before becoming a food and gardening columnist for the Journal Constitution, and was the newspaper’s first African American editorial writer. During his tenure with the Los Angeles Times he wrote on a variety of issues including immigration and economics, and he covered the White House during the Reagan Administration. He moved from Washington to become the Times’ Atlanta bureau chief in 1989.

May was a senior contributing editor for Southern Living and an essayist for US Airways’ in-flight magazine, Attaché, and for numerous home and garden publications. A graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he won many awards, including the National Conference of Christians and Jews’ Gold Medal Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Grand Prize. He is the author of In My Father’s Garden and Gardening Life.