Outreach Blog of the Garden Writers 2014 Pittsburgh Symposium

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“Generations of Battersbys have been gardeners; gardening is in my blood. I’ve found the gateway drugs to gardening are vegetables and house plants.”

Helen is half of the Toronto-based Gardenfix. She and her sister, Sarah, provide garden coaching and write the blog, Toronto Gardens.

“I was out of a job and friends insisted I should check out social media. The more I learned, the more I wondered how businesses deal with all the different components. I started consulting.”

And gardening?

“That was just what you did; I’ve always gardened. ‘When you do what you love for a living, you never work a day in your life.’”

Chris is the Digital Media & Communications Manager for Corona Tools.

“I wanted to get into an industry where I did something different every day. Marketing does that.”

Sarah works for IMRE where she handles marketing for AMES and John Deere.

It’s easy to appreciate the allure of being a garden communicator when you see a whole bunch of garden communicators at work! Tours visited this garden on the first day of the 2014 Garden Writers Association Symposium in Pittsburgh.

“My husband couldn’t find a book to get us started with vegetable gardening. He figured if he was going to do the research, he might as well create the book he was looking for. I ended up doing the writing. It was compelling to discover we could survive on our own from the food we grew.”

Liz Ball has written 13 books on gardening. She writes the weekly newspaper column, Yardening©, and teaches workshops on both gardening and garden writing.

“I married into real estate development, but tearing down a forest to build
houses really stressed me out. I was that sustainability guy driving my Prius, selling solar developments, and going through the Wendy’s drive through. until I heard Maria Rodale speak about modern agriculture.”

Aaron Kinsman serves as Media Relations Specialist for Rodale Institute.

“I wanted to know the science of the underpinnings of horticultural soils. Historically, people saw peat harvesting as a mining operation, but is it right to apply thinking about mineral production to a biological product?”

Paul is president of the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association.

“I’m a garden writer because gardens and words matter. I want to find a way to graft the two.”

Darcy is a professor at SUNY where she focuses on rhetoric and composition. She’s still involved in her family’s business which includes landscaping, a greenhouse, and a garden center. She blogs at Stories of Soil.

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