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Meet Fine Gardening’s New Contributing Editors

Fine Gardening, the nation’s leading supplier of useful, trustworthy gardening information, announces the appointment of eight new contributing editors to the magazine. We feel these individuals are kindred spirits who share our no-nonsense approach to delivering useful information to hands-in-the-dirt gardeners across the country.

Here is a list of the new contributing editors of Fine Gardening:

Linda Chalker-Scott has a doctorate in horticulture from Oregon State University and is an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist. She is an extension urban horticulturist at Washington State University and an associate professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. She is the author of The Informed Gardener and The Informed Gardener Blooms Again, both of which examine common horticultural myths. In 2009, she and three other academic colleagues launched The Garden Professors, a blog through which they educate and entertain an international audience.

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Stephanie Cohen, also known in the horticultural industry as “the perennial diva,” taught herbaceous plants and perennial design at Temple University for more than 20 years. She was the founder and director of the Landscape Arboretum of Temple University–Ambler. She has received three design awards from the Perennial Plant Association, as well as its Service Award and Academic Award. She has also received awards from Temple University and The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and was named Garden Communicator of the Year in 2000 by the American Nursery & Landscape Association. She is coauthor of The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer, Fallscaping, and The Nonstop Garden. She gardens in southeastern Pennsylvania and blogs at The Perennial Diva.

Jeff Gillman is an associate professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of four books, including The Truth about Garden Remedies, The Truth about Organic Gardening, and How Trees Die. Like Chalker-Scott, Gillman contributes to The Garden Professors, and is committed to helping gardeners find real answers among the contradictory and false information regularly offered to today’s naturalists and gardeners.

Amy Goldman is a passionate vegetable gardener whose three books, Melons for the Passionate Grower, The Compleat Squash, and The Heirloom Tomato, have each won the American Horticultural Society’s Book Award. She is a board member of Seed Savers Exchange and The New York Botanical Garden. Goldman grows hundreds of varieties of heirloom vegetables in her garden in upstate New York.

Billy Goodnick is a landscape architect, educator, and writer in Santa Barbara, California, who has 35 years of experience in retail-nursery sales, landscaping, designing, and teaching. Goodnick shares his wisdom on his blog, Cool Green Gardens, which can be found on

Richard Hawke is plant evaluation manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden, where he conducts long-term trials on dozens of ornamental plants. This program received the Award for Program Excellence from the American Public Gardens Association in 2008. Hawke lectures widely on topics related to his research and teaches several courses at the Chicago Botanic Garden. He was the recipient of the Perennial Plant Association’s Academic Award in 2005.

Jason Reeves is the research horticulturist with the University of Tennessee at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson. He holds a master’s degree in ornamental horticulture and landscape design from the University of Tennessee–Knoxville. Reeves is widely respected for his plant knowledge, honed while working at leading institutions, such as the Missouri Botanical Garden and Longwood Gardens. 

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Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of five books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including two New York Times best sellers, Wicked Plants and Flower Confidential. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Horticultural Society’s Book Award, and the California Horticultural Society’s Writer’s Award. Stewart lives and gardens in Eureka, California, and blogs regularly at

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  1. ShirleyBovshow 11/05/2010

    You put together an "A" list of hort superstars! Looking forward to their contribution to the magazine.

    Shirley Bovshow
    Garden World Report Show

  2. PureManureTea 11/05/2010

    Wonderful to see such garden talent all in one place. Congratulations each and everyone of you: )

  3. Layanee 11/05/2010

    That is a great list of talent. Kudos to you at FG.

  4. soilgoil 11/05/2010

    One of the reasons I subscribe to FG is that it's not just another "pretty picture" garden publication. Your selection of this top-notch team assures readers of reliable, scientifically-correct content. I'm particularly pleased to see Linda Chalker-Scott among your contributing editors. As a Master Gardener, I wrote a local garden column for six years, and free-lanced hort magazine articles. Dr. Chalker-Scott was my go-to person and editor of all things scientific. It was an honor -- and pleasure -- to work with her.

  5. BillyGoodnick 11/05/2010

    Steve: Thanks for bringing me in from the blog (not that I'm disappearing from there - I'll be a double-edged blade). Looks like you've been doing some major retooling. Happy to see my name amongst such a stellar line up. Gotta get back to work now, Monday deadline for my article and you know how those folks at Fine Gardening can be.

  6. kbaumle 11/05/2010

    Exciting to see some of my favorite gardening people on this list! I'm looking forward to reading their contributions!

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