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.
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.
Mark is president of Organic Mechanics, a company that produces horticultural soils composed of compost and coconut fibers in place of peat moss.
Tyler Johnson is a horticulturist at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
Derek produces the online newsletter, The Avant Gardener. A GWA Fellow, Derek is a garden writer, photographer, and speaker. Learn more about him at derekfell.net.
Why in the garden industry?
“My aunts and my grandmother all had beautiful gardens. There’s magic in gardening.”
Shannon is a PR and Marketing Specialist at Spring Meadow Nursery.
Suzy McCoy of Garden Media Group in Kennett Square, PA, is a hort industry marketing and PR guru. Lloyd Traven is a plant breeder and technologist. He has written for several industry publications and is co-owner of Peace Tree Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
enthusiastically) provided tractor service for GWA members from the buses up
the long driveway into his garden.
Symposium. Several attendees scored a stylish ride.
“Garden writing was the horse that came in. In a class titled ‘Magazine Writing that Sells,’ I queried magazines about Politics, Parenting, Travel, Home Décor, and Gardening. Sunset Magazine bit on my gardening article.
“Some advice to new writers: When your query gets rejected, don’t go down; go up. I’d been rejected by a local newspaper before I submitted the idea to Sunset.”
Mary-Kate has written for Sunset, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, and Pacific Horticulture magazines. She authored the fern section for The Sunset Western Garden Book and she writes the monthly column, “Rooting For You” for Hartley Botanic. Find her at MaryKateMackey.com.