Off to Tucson!

In one of the more difficult gigs I've had to suffer through in recent memory, I'm off to Loews Ventana Canyon, a posh resort in Tucson–Tucson being a place that is (a) warm; (b) easily accessible by my BFF in Albuquerque; (c) sunny; (d) beautiful; and (e) home of good friend Scott Calhoun, who has promised to let me buy a round this time. They've invited me out to be an Author-in-Residence for the weekend, which means that I...

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Bay Area Bug March

To say that this is a complicated book tour would be an understatement. If you'd like to come out to one of these events, give the folks a call ahead of time and make sure the date and time is right.  Just in case.  Hope to see you there! Wednesday, June 1, 2011 7 pm Conservatory of Flowers San Francisco, CA (This one's about Wicked Plants) Thursday June 2, 2011 California State Master Gardener Conference Sonoma,...

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East Coast Bug Invasion

The bug march continues. Here's the plan for New York and Connecticut–would love to see you East Coast types while I'm there!  Monday, May 23, 2011 6 PM Horticultural Society of New York New York City, NY Wednesday, May 25, 2011 6:30 PM Clearfield Public Library Williamsville, NY  (This is the Buffalo area–Elizabeth, Michele and I will actually get to hang out together and drink some of whatever wonderful thing...

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Wicked Bugs March on Los Angeles

Hey y'all–I'm heading to LA this week.  Get your wicked bugs on at one of these events–I'd love to see you there. Tuesday, May 10, 2011 7 pm Vroman's Bookstore Pasadena, CA Friday, May 13, 2011 10:30 AM Laguna Beach Garden Club Laguna Beach,...

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A Suitcase Full of Bed Bugs. And Termites. And Spiders. And….

When The Earth Moved came out, I traveled with a little plastic container holding a few live worms in dirt.  When Flower Confidential came out, I picked up fresh cut flowers and took them into bookstores and TV studios.  And for Wicked Plants, I carried around a box of poison seeds and sometimes picked up an actual wicked plant or two for show-and-tell.  You need props on a book tour.  You especially need them for TV...

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Denver, Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, St. Louis–See You There!

The Wicked Bugs book tour starts next week.  I have yet to actually see a copy of the finished book–they have just been printed, I'm told–so I might get a copy in my hands before I leave for the tour, or I might meet up with it on the road.  Regardless, I'd really like to meet up with you on the road. A book tour is a perilous thing–because the book is so new, you never really know if anyone will want to...

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Rochester, NY and San Francisco Bay Area–here I go!

And it's time for another mad dash through questionable weather!  (Last week's run to San Francisco for the garden show involved all the roads in and out of Humboldt County getting shut down due to 3 inches of snow.  I know, I know, we Californians are such wimps.) Anyway, off I go to Rochester, NY, where I will be speaking on Flower Confidential at Nazareth College on Thursday.  I also get to spend 3 hours that day...

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Off to the Portland Yard, Garden, & Patio Show

I'm heading to Portland this weekend–are you going to be there?  The Portland Yard, Garden, and Patio Show has a big lineup of speakers this year.  I'll be talking about Wicked Plants on Friday at 2:00, and on Saturday at 11, I'll give a talk called Global Gardens, which is really kind of a "greatest hits" talk about how my horticultural travels have influenced my own garden.  Hope to see you...

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Amazon’s Bookscan Data and the Rise of Data-Driven Decisions

When I wrote Flower Confidential, I found myself hanging out with a lot of business people.  Plant breeders trying to guess what the next hot color in roses would be.  Growers managing large, complex farms and dealing with such issues as labor laws, water conservation, refrigerated trucks, and currency fluctations, all in one day.  Flower shop owners managing employees, inventory, and marketing strategies for their...

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Wicked Bugs: The Video!

If you want to read the book, you're going to have to wait until May 2011. (Actually, I'm sure we'll give away some galleys before then.  Garden bloggers, start your engines! More soon on that.) But for now, I'm happy to share the Wicked Bugs cover and the official Wicked Bugs video! I'm lucky to have a brother in the film industry who not only has the skills and the technology to make a video, but who also understands...

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