Not so long ago, I was a GAHM–Garden at Home Mom–who loved my landscape and had a Journalism degree with an emphasis in Botany. I started writing for the local paper on Sundays about gardening, and for a regional magazine.
Then, I started this little blog where I muse about pretty much anything, and you guys read it. Imagine how happy I was to connect with so many new friends who loved gardening too.
Pretty soon, I wrote for two of my favorite companies and some national magazines, along with my much-loved regional one, Oklahoma Gardener.
Then, Proven Winners–you know, the people with the black on white containers–contacted me about a year ago, and asked if I’d like to write for them. I nearly jumped up and down, but stopped myself because that wouldn’t be pretty. You so don’t want to see that.
Why was I so excited? Imagine the possibilities. I love working with my editor and company representatives. I already grow many of their plants–most of which I buy locally–but others, I test each season. So, when they asked me to be a Proven Winners Garden Guru, I thought, I get to write even more about my favorite hobby. Pinch me now.
So, when you get a chance hop on over to the Proven Winners site and read what I’ve been up to.
Here are the other lovely women I’m writing with: Carolyn Binder at Cowlick Cottage Farm, Jenny Peterson from Austin Landscape Design, Amanda Thomsen at Kiss My Aster, Jean Ann Van Krevelen at Gardener to Farmer, Genevieve Schmidt at North Coast Gardening, Niki Jabbour at Year Round Veggie Gardener and Laura Mathews at Punk Rock Gardens. What an excellent and talented group. I’m proud to keyboard with you, and I can’t wait to see which plants are your favorites too.
UPDATE: It’s come to my attention that I may not have been fully clear about when I started working for Proven Winners. Although they contacted me about a year ago, we didn’t sign a contract until October, 2011, and I wrote my first post for them last week. It is supposed to publish on their company blog on December 19, 2011. Thank you to those that brought this to my attention as I always want my blog posts to be clear.
They have chosen wisely with you, my friend. You will do a great job.
Dee! I see we share journalism as well as gardening. Yay! So happy to count you as a friend and so happy to be share this adventure with you! Laura
Congratulations Dee! You’ve worked hard to get here and I am so happy there will be another outlet for all your knowledge. Can’t wait for December 19th!
Congratulations, Dee–they are lucky to have found a “proven winner” to write for them! I often visit their website, so I’ll head over and check out your article.
Congratulations! Hey, I’m back in Okie land!
Hey Brenda! I’m so glad you’re back. Email me and tell me which town you’re in. We must meet for coffee or tea. Loved hearing from you.
Wonderful news, Dee. I know you work hard in your garden and as a writer and will do an excellent job writing for PW, just as you have done an outstanding job on all of your other professional writing assignments. Congrats!
Pinch me, too! Never mind. I’m excited to be a part of the group and looking forward to keyboarding with you, Dee!
Congratulations! And what a blessing you are for Proven Winners, and the rest of us.
mss @ Zanthan Gardens
Congrats, Dee. I’m glad to hear of your success and look forward to reading about your experiences with Proven Winners.
Congratulations my friend. They are so fortunate to have you write for them. xoxogail
Congrats. You write so well I’m not surprised they picked you. I managed to keep alive one of my proven winners plants. Nee to hide it from Jack Frost tonight.
Congrat’s Dee! I’m looking forward to ‘blogging’ along side of you! 🙂
Cristina da Silva
Congratulations, Dee! You deserve all the kudos and much more. You go, girl!
Cristina da Silva
Congratulations, Dee! So deserve the kudos and so much more. Look forward to reading your posts.
Fantastic Dee! A big thumbs up to you, PW and the rest of the team!
Well Dee, I’m jumping up and down with excitement and I’m not the Guru! Congratulations – it’s very well deserved 😀
One of my summer regrets was not being able to bring home my Proven Winners goodies from Seattle. At least we can get most of them over here too, but not under the PW label.
Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand
Congratulations Dee what a wonderful opportunity for you I am so looking forward to reading what you and the wonderful group of garden writers will be sharing with all of us Enjoy Annie
That’s fantastic – and jump up and down as much as you like – just as the rest of us would.
Lisa at Greenbow
Congratulations Dee. You are so blessed with a great talent. I am glad you get to use it for so much good.
That’s wonderful Dee. Sounds like a dream job ~ congrats!
Donna@Gardens Eye View
Congrats Dee…can’t wait to visit and read more!!