I consider myself very fortunate, since my vocation and avocation go together so well. I love gardening, and enjoy writing and lecturing about plants and design. Three of the eight garden books I have authored are about bulbs: The American Gardener's World of Bulbs published by Little, Brown and Company; Flowering Bulbs for Dummies published by IDG Books; and Bulbs for Garden Habitats published by Timber Press. I've had over 100 magazine articles published in periodicals from Garden Design, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Cottage Living, and Real Simple to Popular Mechanix, Arnoldia, and others.
For many years a popular instructor at The New York Botanical Garden, I taught - among other subjects - a required bulb identification course for School of Professional Horticulture students. As well, I taught at Cook College of Rutgers University in their Office of Continuing Professional Education. I was curator for the exhibition Buried Treasures, The Nature and Art of Bulbs at the gallery of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden.
I speak to garden clubs, horticultural groups, and professional organizations across the United States and abroad, and offer consulting services to both homeowners and professionals. My web site, BelleWood Gardens takes the site's virtual visitors on garden visits, plant discussions, foraging, mushrooming, culinary explorations, and more. The seasonal appearance of flowers in my New Jersey garden and greenhouse make their appearance in the section on BelleWood in Bloom. For me, gardening is the never-ending story.