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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Wicked Plants in Tucson

The Tucson Botanical Gardens has taken this Wicked Plants thing one step further and created not only an exhibit, but a character named Dr. Ergot Ratbane and a mad scientist laboratory.  How's that for a good gig–playing a mad scientist at a botanical garden? Meet Dr. Ratbane here, and go check out the exhibit if you're in the area.  I haven't seen it myself, but I'll be there March 11.  The exhibit runs...

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See You in NY, AZ, WA!

I'm headed out for a couple weeks of events at college campuses, botanical gardens, and garden clubs.  See you there?  Please confirm details with the venue. Wednesday, September 29 7:30 pm Cornell University Ithaca, NY Thursday, September 30 7 pm Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua, NY Saturday, October 2 10 am Friends of Ganondagan Victor, NY Wednesday, October 6 7 pm Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix, AZ Thursday,...

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Off to Chicago, Milwaukee, Wausau

I'm on the road next week!  Hope to see you there. August 17 & 19 Independent Garden Center Show Chicago, IL Wednesday, August 18 7 pm Morton Arboretum Chicago, IL Friday, August 20 Boerner Botanical Garden Milwaukee, WI Saturday, August 21 North Central Wisconsin Master Gardeners Garden Visions Goes Summer Wausau,...

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London Book Tour Dates

It's coming!  The UK edition of Wicked Plants will be out in September from Timber UK, and in October I'll head to London for a book tour.  Check my site for full details as I have them, but here's the schedule as it stands: Sat Oct 23 – Petersham Nurseries, Surrey Tues Oct 26 – The Eden Project, Cornwall Thurs Oct 28 – Chelsea Physic Garden Thurs Oct 28- London Review Bookshop Fri Oct 29 –...

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Wicked Bugs: Creeping, Crawling, and Slithering to a City Near You

My new book, Wicked Bugs, will be out in May 2011.  No, this isn't the cover–this is the graphic design for a traveling exhibit that will be going around the country after the book comes out. If you happen to be affiliated with a botanical garden, science museum, zoo, etc., read all about the outdoor version of the exhibit here. There's also an indoor version, complete with (optional) live bugs–more news about that...

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Great Garden Speakers–The Official Launch

Some of you may remember that a few months ago, we posted an online survey to gauge the interest in a new website called GreatGardenSpeakers.com.  The idea was to make it easier for garden clubs, botanical gardens, flower shows, conferences, and other such venues to find speakers with expertise in gardening, nature, horticulture, ecology, landscape design, and floral design. Well, guess what?  After a few hectic months of...

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Off to Buffalo!

You can't hear enough about Buffalo's crazy month-long gardening extravaganza, can you?  As an outsider, I must say:  Buffalo is way hipper than you might think it is.  It's like Austin with snow. Maybe better.  And these people really know how to celebrate summer.  Everybody's out in their gardens having a good time.  It's quite a heady experience, being in the center of such a happy...

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Sacramento, Bay Area, and Austin

I'm off again!  See you there? Saturday, April 10 California State Flower & Garden Show Sacramento, CA Wednesday, April 14 6 pm A special event at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds– Seed Bank Sponsored by Copperfied's Books Petaluma, CA Thursday, April 15 7 pm The Bone Room Berkeley, CA Friday, April 16 6:30 pm Gallery Bookshop Mendocino, CA April 18-20 Lake Austin Spa's Gardening for Life Week Austin,...

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