Gene Bush, Writer

I follow the old rule “write about what you know.”

When i become interested in a plant new to me, I read about what the plant needs not only to survive but to thrive. In forming a relationship with a plant I endeavor to give the plant what it needs, where it needs to be, in my garden. I grow the plant from seed or purchase plants and grow them to maturity.

I want to be able to write from first person experience. Although I may not be an expert on the subject, I do want to be able to write with authority.

The philosophy has paid off handsomely, for I write feature stories for such garden magazines as The American Gardener, Fine Gardening magazine, Indiana State by State Gardening as a regular contributor; and for diverse and numerous trade magazines such as Indiana Nursery & Landscape News, freelance for Courier Journal newspaper in Louisville, KY and the Christian Science Monitor.

I write a weekly blog Shade Garden Solutions, and two books: Shade Garden Solutions: Eight Essential Problems Solved for Successful Shade Gardening; and A Gardener Grounded: Meeting Life’s Challenges Post Diagnosis.

If you have a story you would like told with authority, please contact me.


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