Happy Holidays! From One Writer to Another
News for Media People Who Happen to Love Plants!

Thanks for the Vote of Confidence

I Love LA

Garden Writers AssociationThe GWA Annual Symposiumin LA was very, very good to me. The results of the GWA Board of Directors elections were announced and I’d like to thank the GWA membership for voting me the new Secretary. I’m honored to serve in this executive committee position in addition to my role as the Association Outreach Task Force co-chair alongside Diane Blazek.
I leave my former position as Regional Director in Region III in the very capable hands of Susan Martin. I know that she, Sue Markgraf, Regional Director and Linda Nitchman, National Director will organize quality events for our members. I know they are hard at work on at least two upcoming Region III meetings with the first being held at theChicago Home & Flower Show in early March (more details to follow).

#PlantGeeks Unite

Maria and Kelly NorrisMy fellow plant nerd Kelly Norris, Director of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardenand I were pleased to present“Sow the Seeds of New Plants Into Your Season Content Calendar” at the symposium. It featured some of the newest plants to hit the green runway along with some underutilized fashionable plants that we felt merit being back in style. In case you missed it, pdf’s of our presentation and our follow-along are available on the GWA website.
Speaking of Kelly, I couldn’t be more thrilled to have interviewed him for the December 2015 Green Profit Magazine feature, “Bringing Style Into the Garden.” It focuses on Kelly’s new book due out December 30 calledPlants with Style: A Plantsman’s Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden.

Southern Hospitality

The 68th GWA Annual Symposium will be held in Atlanta, Georgia September 16-19, 2016. As details become finalized they’ll be available on the GWA website. You can also follow along by joining the GWA 2016 Great Georgia Gardens Facebook Group.
Last but not least, thank you to Lydia Plunk and the rest of the local organizing committee for all their time and effort in planning GWA Loves LA!

Maria and Garden-Pedia

Gift Sets

In case you haven’t heard, I’ve partnered with two special gardening friends to create a unique gift set featuring my book Garden-pedia; and it’s now available on Etsy in the UpShootHort store.
We’re offering a personalized and autographed copy ofGarden-pedia: An A-Z Guide to Gardening Terms from St. Lynn’s Press, tucked inside a one-gallon burlap girdle pot from The Seed Keeper Company.
It’s secured with a pretty grosgrain ribbon around apacket of seeds from Renee’s Garden Seeds.
Garden-Pedia Gift Set
We’re also offering a simple version of the signed and personalized book with a grosgrain ribbon that can be used as a bookmark.
If you’re writing about gardening gifts and/or books, be it for the Christmas holiday or a special event any time of the year, please consider including Garden-pedia!
Don’t forget to Connect with Garden-pedia on Facebooktoo!

Benefits of having a press pass!

Press Pass Payback

A key benefit of your GWA membership card is recognition and free access to major industry shows. It also doesn’t hurt to inquire at botanical gardens and arboreta for potential admission at no charge.
Press pass group
Before a recent GWA event in NYC, I enjoyed walkingThe Highline with Diane Blazek and Denise Schreiber. Afterwards, Kirk Brown, Denise and I were able to secure complimentary admittance to both Wave Hill and The New York Botanical Garden, a value of $30 per person; 1/3 of my member dues paid back in a day!
Retreat participants
Speaking of NYC, a select group of the GWA board and members gathered for a one day strategic planning retreat. Once the meeting minutes are approved and shared with the full board, a report will be made to the general membership. I think the upcoming changes unveiled in the near future impress and invigorate members and non-members alike. Stay tuned for more!

#Trending #StoryIdeas

Garden Media Group
2016 Garden Trends Report
Pantone Lady 2016

Pantone 2016 Colors of the Year
National Garden Bureau
#NGB #Annuals
#Edibles #Herbs

National Garden Bureau Announces 2016 Year of Plants


Pennie the Christmas Pickle
#HolidayTradition #kidgardening
Pennie the Christmas Pickle
Grow cucumbers and make refrigerator pickles as a treat for Santa; a fun way to connect kids and gardening during the most wonderful time of the year!
The Cancer Survivor's Garden Companion
#CancerSurvivor #FightSong
The Cancer Survivors Garden Companion

Gardening is good
for your health

Trade Show Time!

Meet Maria at these winter trade shows:
Jan 6-8
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Convention Center
Jan 14–15
Greensboro, NC
Greensboro Coliseum
Booth 641
Green and Growin Marketplace
Jan 20-22
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Broward County Convention Center
Jan 21-22
Kansas City, MO
Crown Center Exhibit Hall
The Western

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