“I always write a column even when I have time off because if I don’t, the newspaper runs my photo with a note that says I’m on vacation for two weeks. That identifies an easy target for burglars.”
Jeff writes the longest running garden column in the US for the Anchorage Daily News. He also hosts The Garden Party radio show and has published books about plant nutrition and soil.
Robert and Judy Hotchkiss operate Prospect Hill Bed & Breakfast Inn in Mountain City, Tennessee.
“I had worked in trucking and took a two week career-development course to learn what I wanted to do when I grow up. The trucking experience is useful. Turns out moving plants isn’t about the plants, it’s about the trucks. How many plants will fit in a particular truck? Do you need a thermal blanket for a shipment back east?
“The people I get to work with in horticulture really make a difference; I found my tribe.”
Dawn is a garden writer and speaker who provides marketing support at UpShoot, a horticulture marketing firm. She handles traditional marketing, event coordination, new media, and more.
Bill maintains a stock library of nature photos with an emphasis on images of plants and insects. He is a columnist with Horticulture Magazine and he contributes to several others. He recently published the children’s book “Minnesota Bug Hunt” with the Minnesota Historical Society Press.
“Being involved with garden communicators through GWA helps sharpen my skills as a landscape designer.”
Jan Lowery is a landscape designer whose company, Second Nature, is in Springfield, Virginia.
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)
“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.
lighted stadium where a professional baseball game was in progress. It was a
short walk back to the conference center.