Posts Tagged ‘Garden Writers Association’

The Climate Conscious Gardener

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Sometimes when I’m depressed about The State of the World I cheer myself up by thinking about how radically things have changed in my own lifetime. More and more women are at the top of their professions. Cigarettes are taboo. Same-sex marriage is now legal in my state. The Sustainable Sites Initiative is poised to transform the way we design and maintain landscapes…

Less than two years ago, I was told by a client not to say too much about climate change in a publication we were developing because the issue is a political hot potato. But just last week at its annual meeting, the American Public Gardens Association unveiled a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to educate gardeners and plant enthusiasts about the possible effects of climate change on the country’s gardens, landscapes, and green spaces. Yay APGA!

And I’m happy to report that my latest book, The Climate Conscious Gardener, which was published by Brooklyn Botanic Garden last year, has won a 2011 Garden Writers Association award. Kudos to BBG for continuing to raise critical—and potentially controversial—issues in its acclaimed handbook series. And thanks, GWA, for the recognition!

Will the White House Plant a Row for the Hungry?

Friday, March 20th, 2009

If she hasn’t already, Michelle Obama should consider donating a portion of the White House harvest to local food banks. As tough economic times take their toll, the lines are growing longer at food pantries and soup kitchens across the country, and donations reportedly are not keeping pace with demand. Since 1995, American gardeners have donated more than 14 million pounds of herbs and vegetables to feed their neighbors as part of Plant a Row for the Hungry, a program run by the Garden Writers Association. Want to know how you can get involved? Read all about it here.