About the Author

winter photography
That’s me .. usually hiding behind the lens and sharing it on social media.

Hey, It’s me Bren and I’m living and growing in zone 5b Ohio.  I love opening up my presentations sharing what hardiness zone I grow in because it is an easy way to learn about gardening. When I look back on my life to share with you today I realize it is the hardiness zone I’ve lived in most my life even though I’ve moved all over the place as a kid.

As A Kid….

I was always outside playing, camping and just being a kid.  I love the photo of me and my new gardening tools from Easter 1973.  Check out the candy basket behind me and I’m ready to get outside and start gardening. I can still smell those roses that were outside off the front porch in Toledo, Ohio.  As I created my garden as a mother I always remembered that and wanted to create the same memories for my children.

My parents saw that art was important to me and always had me enrolled in Saturday classes at the Toledo Art Museum which paved the way to my career in Design.  I majored in Design and Fine Arts at the School of Art Institute in Chicago and University of Toledo.


Fashion Figure Design
Fashion Figure Designs From My Junior and High School Sketch Journals
Growing a Garden For My Family

Becoming a mom made me a better gardener. Having a family to raise and wanting them to have the perfect space to grow up in was top priority for me and my husband. We renovated two homes along with growing a garden in city and the country. I’m a firm believer in including the kids in the garden because my family is living proof it makes them appreciate nature.  On my site I share Childrens gardening from my experience raising two of my own along with the adventures I have with gardening today with my Niece #littlehelper who is excited to grow tomatoes at age 4!

Being a Mom in Ohio
Becoming a Mom was the best thing that has ever happen to me. My husband and I worked daily to create a comfortable living space for your family in Ohio.

In 2008 I began blogging when we moved to the country and I was missing city life and being social.  The internet provided a place for me to connect with others who had similar interests at my convince and also helped me grow my passion for gardening.  I had only been blogging a year when Garden World Report creator Shirley Bovshow approached me about working for her as a still photographer.

Me : Proven WInners, P.Allen Smith, Lawn and Garden
Highlights from my blogging career include working for Shirley Bovshow, having my front porch published in a magazine, touring and sharing trials gardens in Miami and being on P.Allen Smiths top blogger list.


By 2010 I had began growing my own network on social media dedicated to connecting, sharing and growing with others on Twitter that has become global with audience impressions well over 100,000 during the hour presentation in a short four years.  You can read more about #gardenchat network at : Connect Share Grow.com

#gardenchat is connectsharegrow.com

It has been an honor to be a part of many of the first blogging events using social media like P.Allen Smiths Home Retreat Garden 2 Blog Event and Costa FarmsSocial Summit. Over the past five years it’s been an honor to be a part of the social presences for some of the leading garden shows across our country like Independent Garden Center Show , Philadelphia Flower Show, Northwest Flower and Garden Show and Great Lakes Trade Expo.

Garden Blogger Conference

It was an honor to be acknowledged by the Garden Blogger Conference in 2015 for my passion for social media marketing in the garden world.