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...

Read More

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,...

Read More

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,...

Read More

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 –...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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,...

Read More

On My Way to Redlands, CA

Hey y'all—-if you're in southern California, this one's for you: Kimberly Crest House & Gardens in Redlands, CA holds their Gardening Seminar this Saturday. It's $50 plus another $5 if you want to stay for lunch.  Call 909-792-2111 for registration info. Schedule below–I'm particularly excited about getting to see John talk about his new meadow book.  Maybe I'll see you there! 8:45 –...

Read More

Garden Speakers–Take the Survey!

If you are a garden writer, floral designer, landscape designer, nature or conservation expert, or anyone else who speaks to garden clubs, botanical gardens, horticulture conferences, and other such venues–we want to hear from you!  I'm working with a group of speakers to explore the possibility of creating a website to make it easier for garden clubs and other groups to find speakers.  The first step is a survey to see...

Read More