My new book, Floratopia, is Out Now!

My new book Floratopia is out!

I am so happy to finally be able to share flower garden design ideas with everyone. I have been working with annual and perennial flowers in all my landscape projects for decades and yet I wrote about everything but flowers.  Odd.

Well, that has now been corrected. I have amassed a collection of flower tips accompanied by my photos and categorized them in 6 sections in the book. 

Osteospermum Serenity Series


Why did I write this book? Here is an excerpt from my introduction:

"Flowers are such an important part of our living world—offering food and habitat to our threat- 

ened pollinators such as bees, birds, butterflies, and more. That is why I chose to write about 

flowers and flower garden design. I have worked with flowers as a landscape designer and 

horticulturist all my adult life, and I know how wonderful it is to open the door to the sight of 

colorful blooms in the garden. More important, I believe we need flower gardens—our pollinator 

havens—more than ever. The more flowers we plant, the happier our endangered pollinators will be.


Flowers should play a bigger part in the modern world we live in because they brighten every- 

one’s mood. I wrote Floratopia to help in that effort. In the following pages, I profile flowers 

that anyone can grow. I discuss which flowers work well together for the best effect and share a 

few “secrets” for helping them thrive. And I spotlight some of my favorite flowers. I hope these 

tips inspire you to try your hand at growing flowers in a pot or in a plant bed."


I am just now receiving reviews and I am thrilled to report that they are positive!  Here is a great review from Teri Speight at Cottage in the Court. You can also listen to our discussion at her podcast- click here.

I will sharing ideas from Floratopia in upcoming posts. Just in time for spring!



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