Wicked Plants: The Case of the Missing Index

I regularly hear from readers who want to know why Wicked Plants doesn't have an index.  It was a mistake, I tell them.  But it's hard to understand how an index could be accidentally left out of a book unless you understand how the production process works. Once the manuscript is finished, edited, and ready to go to copyediting, a checklist gets filled out.  That checklist covers any number of production issues still...

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See You in Walnut Creek, CA

This'll be my first time at The Gardens at Heather Farm.  Looks like a lovely spot. Do come out and say hello if you're in the neighborhood, and check out their speaker series here. February 23, 2012 The Gardens at Heather Farm Walnut Creek,...

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Off to Newport News, VA

I'm off to the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course, one of those horticultural gatherings that ends up being a who's who of botanists, entomologists, garden writers, and industry people.This year, Thursday's programming includes a whole day for home gardeners focused entirely on bugs.  Imagine my excitement. If you're going to be there, I hope to see you!  February 1-2, 2012 Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course...

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I’m in DC, Boston, Georgia, and Florida. All at once.

The book tour madness continues. There better be a very nice mojito waiting for me in Coral Gables, that's all I'm sayin'.   Wednesday, October 19, 2011 12:00 noon United States Botanic Garden Washington, DC Wednesday, October 19, 2011 6:30 PM Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens Washington, DC Thursday, October 20, 2011 5:30 pm Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond, VA Friday, October 21, 2011 7 PM Porter Square Books...

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On the Road. Or in the Air. NM, TX, MD, DC

As you read this, I am probably sitting in an airport somewhere.  Or maybe I'm here:   Wednesday, October 12, 2011  7 PM Bookworks Albuquerque, NM Thursday, October 13, 2011  7 PM Book People Austin, TX Friday, October 14, 2011 11:30 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Austin, TX Saturday, October 15, 2011  1:00 Blue Willow Books (Event location TBA) Houston, TX Monday, October 17, 2011 8:00 pm Silver Spring...

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On the Road: California & New Mexico

A three-week book tour that starts in California in early October and ends up in late October in Boston?  Sure, I can pack for that.  Here I go.  If you don't hear much from me in October, it's because I'm doing this: Thursday, October 6, 2011 7 pm Conservatory of Flowers "Wicked Bugs" lecture. Tickets $10/$7 for members San Francisco, CA Saturday, October 8, 2011 10 AM at Orange County Great Park 12 noon...

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