watering can

In 2001, what we first thought was a crank call turned out to be real - the TV show "Good Morning America" had selected our garden as one of five finalists in its Best Garden in America contest. A quick trip to their New York studio ensued for an appearance on the TV show and to collect the prize - the watering can you see at the left.



Shortly after, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles called to say we had been selected as one of their gardens of the year. We were in their September 2001 and 2003 issues, and in the Spring Garden Guide, 2002, then in 2009, were selected as one of their favorite gardens in the past 15 years.



In 2003, Joe's vegetable garden (Ciao Bella's garden) won garden of the year.






A flurry of excitement followed. Lots of people wanted to see the garden, so we founded the Elfin Forest Garden Festival which went on to raise tens of thousands of dollars for enhancements in the rural community of Elfin Forest.


Then the magazines started calling. Our gardens appeared in the July 2002 issue of Garden How To; June 8, 2002 San Diego Union; Spring 2003 on the cover in Garden Ideas and Outdoor Living; Spring 2004 in Garden Shed, Spring 2005 and 2006 in Dream Gardens Across America, September 2005 and March 2007 in Better Homes and Gardens, Spring 2006 in Gardens, Decks and Landscapes, and Spring 2007 in Garden Rooms. In November 2007, my photo of our cutting garden won Honorable Mention in Garden How To's photo contest.


Our garden also appears our garden on pp. 22, 37, 210, 302 and 305 of the Better Homes & Gardens New Garden Book. To date, we've been featured in Meredith Corp. publications 10 times!


In April 2007, a crew from Fine Living Television Network filmed our garden for a segment of a show called Splurge! It aired in 2009.


I also enjoyed a year as garden editor for Southern California Home and Outdoor magazine before they stopped publishing.

My cutting garden on the cover of BHG's Garden Ideas and Outdoor Living.

This was a multi-page spread in Better Homes and Gardens featuring mosaics I've made. Notice how Sadie blends in with the tiles!

We're so proud to be on the cover of the 2017 Proven Winner's Gardener's Idea Book. Also, on three more pages inside.

In 2012, we received an award for sustainable gardening from Espoma Corp.


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