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Chris’ most current non-fiction garden writing and a selection of past articles may be found in the NonFiction Category. Her writings for State-by-State Gardening publications were featured in issues of Indiana Gardening, Ohio Gardener and Missouri Gardener.
In 2011, Chris wrote two pieces for the horticultural trade magazine, Greenhouse Grower. The articles highlighted two greenhouses; one in Indiana and one in Ohio
From 2012 – 2013, Chris brought a gardener’s perspective to travel pieces she wrote for BucketTripper.com. Much earlier in her writing career she wrote for theMulch.com where she focused on container gardening. Chris’ book, The Kid-Gardener’s Planting Book for Parents was penned for adults with kids unlucky enough not to know big people with gardening knowledge running in their veins.
To date, her greatest privilege came in 2014, as part of the press pool for the “Spring Planting at the White House Kitchen Garden.” A true honor.
Horticultural Trained Master Gardener Beginnings
“Chris aptly combines her horticulture training, gardening experience and passion, as well as her ability to communicate, in every article she writes. I have watched her develop and grow her career from the first day she sat in one of my horticulture classes and, over the past few years, as she continues to expand her writing portfolio. It’s truly a pleasure and honor to have Chris as a colleague in the garden communications field,” says Melinda Myers.
Representing Milwaukee County Extension Master Gardeners, Chris spoke to groups like Women’s Health Initiative and senior and veteran groups and at a television-station sponsored demonstration garden. Chris pursued a horticultural education at Milwaukee Area Technical College while working as a private gardener for a Hosta enthusiast and selling plants at greenhouse garden centers.
Her past memberships included Southeastern Wisconsin Master Gardeners, Incorporated, for a time as Program Coordinator, the Daylily Society of Southeastern Wisconsin and, while in Ohio, the Metropolitan Columbus Daylily Society. She maintained a membership with the Perennial Plant Association from 2007 through 2011. Her membership to The Association of Garden Communicators goes back to 2009.
Garden Steps Take Imagination Down Unexplored Paths
Chris’s current project is a years-long plunge into fiction writing. The adventures of her cozy mystery with paranormal influences take place in a greenhouse where the Breaths have been the bosses for years. Then, a Irish lass by the name of GlenAnne Flannery moves in bringing a little dog and a newborn kitten with her. In the Fiction Category, readers will find references posted to the writing process: building characters and the worlds they live in.