“Garden Biography”

I’ve had a lot of requests, during my speaking engagements, for a little more information about me.  So since I’ve taken down my LinkedIn profile, I thought that I would put up some information about my gardening career here:

Connecticut Judge, America’s Best Gardener Contest, 2017. Chosen one of only 25 judges nationally to judge a nationwide competition for best vegetable gardener, best indoor gardener and best ornamental gardener.

Garden Columnist, West Hartford Magazine, (www.westhartfordmagazine.com), March 2012–present. Garden columnist for local glossy publication

Blogger, Gardendaze, https://gardendaze.wordpress.com, February 2010-present—an irreverent but informative blog about organic gardening, sustainable living, nature and weather (1000 plus posts so far)

Book Review Editor, Connecticut Horticulture Society Newsletter Spring 2008—present

Part-time Lecturer, Capital Community College, Hartford 2004—Spring 2008

  • Offered a series of one-hour courses on various garden topics

Topics included early spring gardening, perennial gardening, and gardening for butterflies and hummingbirds

Gledhill Nursery, West Hartford–Water Gardening 2001-2005

  • Created water gardening department at retail nursery
  • Established annual lecture series
  • Presented several lectures in annual series, as well as lectures on seasonal topics and lectures off-site to community
  • Designed layout and display of water garden plants and hard goods that Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association (CNLA) members singled out as especially attractive on its tour of nursery
  • Creator and author of two email newsletters: one devoted solely to water gardening and the second, a more general “Timely Tips and Topics in the Garden”

Published Articles

  • “Drought or Deluge: Helping Your Garden Cope with Connecticut’s Fickle Weather, ” Connecticut Horticultureal Society Newsletter, June 2014
  • “Trade Secrets: A Garden Writer’s Inside View of How Plants Come To Market, ” Connecticut Horticulture Society Newsletter, May 2010
  • “Hot Garden Trends,” Connecticut Horticultural Society Newsletter, October 2006
  • “Easy Organic Houseplant Care, “ Connecticut Horticultural Society Newsletter, Winter 2005
  • “Saving Cannas and Bananas: Overwintering Tropicals and Tender Perennials,” Connecticut Horticulture Society Newsletter, September, 2004
  • Cover article, March 2003 Connecticut Horticulture Society Newsletter, “Creating a Backyard Habitat”

Lectures (presented to garden clubs, women’s clubs, homeowners’ associations, garden centers, the Farmington Valley Arts Center, at the 2004 Environthon™ and at some far flung places like Gardeners Supply in Burlington, VT)

  • Request list of topics from author—over 30 different topics available

Media Appearances

  • Television Fox 61
  • Morning Show w/Rachel Frank—5 minute segment discussing houseplants
  • Morning Show w/Rachel Frank—5 minute segment discussing orchids
  • Television WVIT NBC 30
  • 5 minute segment on Janet Peckinpaugh’s morning show on late winter cold and protecting plants
  • Featured expert on 6 p.m. news in Doug Greene’s segment on drought
  • Radio WTIC-AM 1080

Substitute co-host on “Garden Talk with Len and Lisa”

  • Print
  • New Britain Herald, February, 2005, “A Lifetime of Watching Wings”
  • West Hartford Life and Farmington Valley Life, April 2004, “How Does Your Garden Grow?”
  • West Hartford News, June, 2002 “Local Expert to help in Artists’ Garden Weekend”
  • West Hartford Life, April, 2002 “Peace and Pleasure are Found by a Water Garden”
  • Hartford Advocate, September 2001 “Greener Days”

Private Garden Design and Consulting

  • Created landscape plans for clients in West Hartford and the Farmington Valley
  • Consulted with clients on solving existing design dilemmas and landscape challenges
  • Consulted with homeowners on pond construction, placement, re-design and planting
  • Assisted homeowner’s association with organic aquatic weed management and plantings to deter Canada Geese and with native plant installation to buffer storm water runoff

Member, Garden Writers Association; Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group; Connecticut Horticultural Societies; and Connecticut Orchid Society

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