Discuss Garden Science, Trends, and Techniques on the Garden Professors Blog

Gardens & Landscapes, The Garden Professors June 02, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

We invite you to read and participate in conversations about the latest garden science and issues facing horticulture at the Garden Professors Blog.

How the Garden Professors Blog Began

The Garden Professors blog was originally the brain-child of Dr. Jeff Gillman, Associate Professor of Horticulture at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, Associate Professor of Horticulture and Extension Specialist at Washington State University. 

Both Jeff and Linda have become famous – at least as famous as anyone in Horticulture can become – by lecturing and writing about myths that have become entrenched in gardening and landscape horticulture.  They have each published books including Jeff’s The Truth About Organic Gardening and Decoding Gardening Advice (co-authored with Meleah Maynard) and Linda’s The Informed Gardener and The Informed Gardener Blooms Again.

In the summer of 2009 Jeff and Linda decided to launch a blog to provide an entertaining and interactive forum to engage gardeners, landscapers, nursery people, educators and others on the science behind gardening and landscaping.  In order to provide some broader perspectives (or to just lighten the workload for themselves, we’re not sure which) they enlisted the help of Dr. Holly Scoggins, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Virginia Tech and Dr. Bert Cregg, Associate Professor of Horticulture and Forestry at Michigan State University.  Holly teaches several classes at Va Tech, conducts research on herbaceous perennials and directs the Hahn Horticulture Garden.  Bert has a broad background including urban and community forestry, nursery production, and Christmas trees – just call him ‘the Tree guy’.

Science of Gardening Explored through Humor, Debate ...

Since July 2009 the four professors have taken turns writing daily (more or less) posts for the blog.  Topics range from the serious (invasive species, appropriate use of pesticides, compost tea) to the less serious (colored poinsettias, pee bales, beer preferences of slugs).  Often the posts have been controversial, generating rather -ahem- spirited discussion among the professors and their readers.  The unique mix of science, horticulture, debate and humor has proved to be a winning combination and readership of the blog has grown steadily, currently averaging about 10,000 visits a month. 

Visit the Garden Professors Blog.  Submit your comments and join the conversation.  The Garden Professors don’t always see to eye to eye – either with each other or their readers – but work to perfect the art of disagreeing without being disagreeable.

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