Outreach Blog of the Garden Writers 2014 Pittsburgh Symposium

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“Despite all else in our lives, the beauty of nature prevails and we need to continue to take refuge there. I strive to bring honor and attention to the efforts of gardeners and the beauty of nature. It’s restorative”

Ellen has been using a flatbed scanner to create photos since 1997. She collaborated with Ken Druse on the book Natural Companions: The Garden Lover’s Guide to Plant Combinations (Stewart, Tabori & Chang)

Why did you become a publisher in the garden industry?

“That was accidental. I used to write about women and politics. When I moved to Florida and went to write for the Orlando Sun, they offered me freelance work as a travel or garden writer. I have always gardened even as a child. I can’t remember not gardening.”

Are you prepared to handle a crush of garden book proposals?

“I already get that.”

Betty is publisher of B. B. Mackey Books. She is also a writer, photographer, lecturer, and editor.

The riverboat cruise at the 2014 GWA Symposium in Pittsburgh ended near a
lighted stadium where a professional baseball game was in progress. It was a
short walk back to the conference center.

Attendees of the 2014 GWA Symposium in Pittsburgh had the opportunity to
dine one evening on a riverboat. The boat cruised past the stadium where
fans were gathering for a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. Before dinner,
many members enjoyed sightseeing from the top deck of the boat.

“I’m a gardener and I like being part of a community of influencers.”

Tammy is the Marketing Director for BioSafe Systems. She won a Corona brand tool in a giveaway at GWA’s booth during the Cultivate ’14 conference in Columbus, Ohio.

“I was going to be an artist, but I switched to horticulture because I didn’t feel I’d be giving back enough with music.”

Mark is president of Organic Mechanics, a company that produces horticultural soils composed of compost and coconut fibers in place of peat moss.

“Working with dedicated garden communicators has taught me new ways of doing things. Their efforts help keep me up to date on news, products, and innovations I don’t have time to research and track myself.”

Tyler Johnson is a horticulturist at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

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