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Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

garden writing

Joan has written freelance articles about gardening for 25 years.

She writes Edible Garden columns for Edible Santa Barbara and Central Coast Farm and Ranch, posts In the Garden features on her blog and contributes to Fine Gardening, and Montecito Magazine.

She has been a regular contributor to Woman's Day's gardening publications and has written for Horticulture, Flower and Garden, Landscape Architecture, House Beautiful, San Jose Mercury News and Los Angeles Times.

She formerly wrote gardening articles for the Santa Maria Times, Santa Ynez Valley News, Lompoc Record, Times-Press-Recorder, South Coast Beacon and Santa Barbara News-Press. She has also written for Santa Barbara Magazine and contributed content to websites for the National Education Association and All-America Rose Selections.

She often provides photographs for her articles as well, and contributed several photos to "Reimagining the California Lawn," published by Cachuma Press.

Joan earned a masters degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a bachelors degree in fiction writing from Denison University. She has been a member of Garden Writers Association for more than two decades and regularly attends GWA's national symposiums to expand her knowledge about plants, gardening and landscape design.

An avowed plant nut, Joan follows the seasons as she shares her observations, experiences, tips and hand-on techniques in her various freelance writing projects.

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