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Alice Nelson

USDA Hardiness Zone: work in 3-5 Location: Home:small urban: work:homes and businesses Geographic type: hills, rocky outcroppings Soil type: gravelly soil - sand - sandy loam - silt - clay Experience level: professional 16 years Particular interests: design using perennials, annuals, shrubs and rock.

Number of posts: 16

Chan Stroman

Chan Stroman, aka the Bookish Gardener, is "an attorney (by trade) and a mother (by great fortune)." A lover of books and a lover of music, she's also a great fan of Henry Mitchell. USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 on the north, 5 on the south AHS Heat Zone: ? Location: urban; south central Wisconsin Geographic type: Eastern Ridges and Lowlands of Wisconsin (earth deposited by glacier movement over limestone) Soil Type: alkaline clay Experience level: enthusiastic and obsessed relative beginner Particular interests: peonies, annuals, edible ornamentals and ornamental edibles, color, fragrance

Number of posts: 1
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Barbara Morse

Craig Levy

I started in 1977 growing plants at wholesale nurseries and a wholesale seed company in California. In 1992 I started volunteering (in the nursery, of course!) at Strybing Arboretum in San Francisco where I met my wife. My wife is originally from upstate and we moved here in 2002. It took at least two years of living here for me to fully understand our property and to take advantage and work with our microclimate. Although growing zone maps show us to be in 5, we are realistically a 4b. I am inordinately proud, in a smarmy kind of way, of how many of the plants we brought with us have thrived. Coming from a zone 9 has been quite an adjustment for all of us. But we are thriving and enjoy the beauty and what the land gives us everyday. USDA Hardiness Zone: 4b/5a Location: rural; Central Leatherstocking near Cooperstown, New York Geographic type: riverine valley Soil type: Chenango alluvial - shallow clay and highly stony Experience level: 28 years professionally wholesale and retail, no longer in the business Particular interests: native plants and ecosystems, flowering and berry producing shrubs, home-grown foods, maples, birches, willows, ornamental grasses, filipendulas, iris, ligularias, persicarias, asclepias, artemisia, asters, arisaemas, hardy geraniums, euphorbias, eupatoriums, origanums, lysimachias, eryngiums, lilies, and visiting nurseries

Number of posts: 22
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Jeff Gillman

Jeff is an associate professor in the department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota where he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in nursery management. He also conducts research and gives talks on the production of woody ornamental plants and the use and abuse of pesticides. Jeff has a loathing for information that is passed out without concern for the consequences. Hearing self-proclaimed experts spouting things such as feeding syrup to plants gets him so fired up that he decided to do the research on all those common household remedies and write the tell-all book. When not teaching, conducting research, or participating in numerous master gardener programs in Minnesota and nearby states, Jeff likes to spend time with his four-year-old daughter who involves him in her slug hunting and slug control research. Together they test lint, eggshells, coffee grounds, and other top-shelf ingredients. "But," says Jeff, "that's another book."

Number of posts: 1
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Innes Kasanof

Number of posts: 2

Judy Miller

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4b/5aLocation: rural; just south of British Columbia/Idaho borderGeographic type: foot of Black & Clifty Mountains (foothills of Rockies--the Wet Columbia Mountains in BC climate- speak)Soil type:acid sand (glacial lake bed)/coniferous forestExperience level: intermediate/professionalParticular interests: fragrant & edible plants, hardy bulbs, cottage gardening, alpines, peonies, penstemons & other blue flowers, primulas, antique & species roses & iris; nocturnal flowers Also: owner of Paradise Gardens Rare Plant Nursery

Number of posts: 44
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Julie Bawden Davis

Julie Bawden-Davis developed her green thumb at the same time she started writing. Since graduating from California State University, Long Beach, in 1985 with a BA in journalism, she has authored several gardening books and written over 1,500 articles for a wide variety of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Organic Gardening, and the Los Angeles Times. She is a member of the Garden Writer’s Association of America and a University of California Certified Master Gardener.

Number of posts: 1
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Kathy Purdy

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy's been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Number of posts: 1022
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Brian Bixley

Brian Bixley and his wife live in a Victorian farmhouse 70 miles north-west of Toronto, where he has slowly been making a garden in the middle of open farm fields. While he has particular interests in clematis (the species), alpine plants and, more recently, unusual trees, his main concern is making a garden that is satisfying in a number of ways, and which relates to and “borrows” the beautiful countryside that surrounds it. Brian's book,Essays on Gardening in a Cold Climate, is available for $20 (US or Canadian), plus shipping. Click here to order it.

Number of posts: 10

Lisa Ueda

Number of posts: 3

Neil Moran

Neil Moran is a horticulturist and freelance writer. Besides garden articles, Neil writes blogs and other such things for the green industry.

Number of posts: 1
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Jim O'Keefe

Jim O'Keefe lives in Columbia County, NY with his wife and son.

Number of posts: 1

Ruth Kassinger

When I'm not writing about the history, science, and pleasures of gardening, I'm taking care of the dozens of plants -- citrus trees, figs, coffee bushes, pineapples, and lots of other tropicals -- in my home conservatory. In the background of my author photo is my living wall, an eight-foot tall vertical garden of tropicals that waters itself four times a day. (Instructions are in the appendix to Paradise Under Glass.) Contact me via my Facebook page or visit my website. Looking for a speaker for your gardening club or garden-related event? Look for me on

Number of posts: 1
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Rosemarie Hanson

Until recently, Rosemarie Hanson gardened in the alkaline soil of New York's North Country. Now she gardens in the Finger Lakes region of NY, where the soil is acid and the deer are a plague! She is particularly interested in fragrant plants, old garden roses, tulips, gardening for kids, and kitchen gardens.

Number of posts: 24

Susan Wittig Albert

Susan Wittig Albert is the author of Nightshade, (April, 2008, hardcover)Spanish Dagger, (April, 2008, paperback), and the China Bayles' Book of Days. She has written fifteen other China Bayles novels, and more than a dozen short stories. Her newest mystery series features Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Hawthorn House). She is also the author of two non-fiction books: Writing From Life: Telling Your Soul's Story and Work of Her Own: A Woman's Guide to Success off the Career Track. A former English professor and university administrator, Ms. Albert has been writing full-time since 1985. She and her husband Bill Albert have written over 60 novels for children and young adults, including books in the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. Writing under the pseudonym of Robin Paige, the Alberts are also the co-authors of twelve Victorian mysteries, the latest of which is titled Death on the Lizard. They live in rural Texas with a varying assortment of dogs, cats, ducks, geese, cows, and sheep. Ms. Albert is a founder and past president of the Story Circle Network, a non-profit organization created to help women explore their life stories.

Number of posts: 1
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Saxon Holt

Number of posts: 1

Talitha Purdy

Talitha spent the last few years doing an absurd combination of work and school, and found it wasn't very pleasant. Now she's doing work, school and a garden, and life is a little better! She also enjoys photography and hand feeding her ducks. USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 AHS Heat Zone: 3 Location: rural; Southern Tier of NY Geographic type: foothills of Appalachian Mountains Soil Type: acid clay Experience level: advanced beginner Particular interests: herbs, vegetables, cutting garden, cottage gardening

Number of posts: 37
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