Learn from, be inspired by and grow with these knowledgeable top-notch scribes of the garden world.
With literally thousands of gardening resources scattered across the Web, trawling cyberspace for a healthy dose of information, education and inspiration can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack.
In no particular order, here are eleven standout bloggers and journalists we think you need to know, follow and read regularly.
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Allen, who has solidified his reputation as a world-class gardening expert and horticulture advocate, squeezes blog posts and articles into his demanding schedule—that spans from work and events at Moss Mountain Farm to filming the award-winning public TV shows Garden Home and Garden to Table.
For more than 20 years through her garden pieces in The New York Times (and more recently WYPR Public Radio and Landscape Architecture Magazine), Anne has covered almost every conceivable gardening, farming and environmental topic, acting as a teacher and attracting millions of readers along the way.
A former editorial big wig at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Margaret traded in a high-powered (and high-stress) New York City existence for upstate rural bliss and hasn’t looked back. Her blog, A Way to Garden—named for her first book—chronicles her new life as an independent gardener and writer. Margaret’s books, “And I Shall Have Some Peace There, a dropout memoir” and “The Backyard Parables: Lessons on Gardening, and Life” are must-reads for anyone interested in gardening or reinventing themselves.
Through field work as a garden coach, numerous magazine appearances and providing virtual guidance via her blog, Gardening with Confidence, Helen educates gardeners while helping to instill can-do spirit. Most recently, she authored the headline-grabbing book Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & Veggies in Your Garden.
A sought-after creative and forward-thinking design force, Robin’s work takes her from deep within corners of the Web to events across the country. Her green lifestyle and design blog, Urban Gardens, covers gardening trends, eco-friendly products, urban style and cutting-edge design. It’s no wonder she’s drawing Facebook followers at warp speed.
Based in the Chicagoland area, Shawna’s gardening reach extends across the country and globally via ShawnaCoronado.com and social media. Committed to positively impacting individual lives and the greater world as an proponent of sustainable lifestyles, she provides invaluable advice on organic gardening, healthy eating and green living.
In his role as “The Grumpy Gardener” for Southern Living magazine, Steve informs and entertains gardeners across the southern United States and further afield with curmudgeonly but witty observations wrapped in humor.
Longtime “Plant Talk” columnist for The Seattle Times and blogger on gardening, nature and wildlife, Valerie Easton has been growing, harvesting and working with plants for four decades. She has authored five books, including The New Low-Maintenance Garden: How to Have a Beautiful, Productive Garden and the Time to Enjoy It and Petal & Twig: Seasonal Bouquets with Blossoms, Branches, and Grasses from Your Garden.
A Texas-based blogger (behind the blog, Digging) and author (of “Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard”), Pam is an award-winning writer and go-to designer who specializes in gardening and landscaping in hot and humid settings.
A garden writer for the Tampa Bay Times newspaper and periodic blogger who previously wrote “The Dirt,” an award-winning column and blog for The Tampa Tribune, Penny is known for practical, service-driven reporting and actionable tips on gardening in the Sunshine State and beyond.
From her far-flung home in Nova Scotia, Canada, Niki provides readers with insightful dispatches on growing edibles with a predominantly cold-climate gardening focus. She is author of The Year Round Vegetable Gardener and soon-to-be-published Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans that Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden.
For more information about garden writers, speakers and photographers, visit the site of the Garden Writer Association.