More About the Author
Suzy Bales has turned her lifelong passion for gardening and cooking into a career.
From 1987 until 1995, she was on the board of the W. Atlee Burpee & Company, overseeing new products and updating their catalog. She had her own weekly gardening column in Newsday for two years before joining Family Circle as their contributing garden editor for twelve years. She wrote for The New York Times for a year before joining Better Homes & Gardens as the Senior Editor for Gardening and Outdoor Living from 2004 until early 2007. She has been featured in Ladies Home Journal, House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens, Horticulture, Beautiful Gardens, and Easy Gardening.
Suzy is the author of 14 books. The first eight books were in the Burpee American Gardening Series: Bulbs, Perennials, Annuals, Vegetables, Container Gardening, Roses and Vines, and Ready, Set, Grow, a book on children's gardening. She has also written:
Gifts from Your Garden (Prentice Hall, 1992)
A Garden of Fragrance (Harper Collins, 2000)
Garden Parties (Clarkson Potter, 2003)
The Down-To-Earth Gardner (Rodale, 2004)
The Garden in Winter (Rodale 2007)
Garden Bouquets and Beyond (Rodale 2010)
Suzy won the Garden Writer of the Year Award from the American Horticultural Society in1995, and has twice been awarded the Quill and Trowel Award by The Garden Writers of America. In 2007 she received the Elizabeth Hamilton Great American Philanthropist award for her twenty-five years of volunteer work with abused and homeless children. In 2009 she is receiving an award from the New York Horticultural Society and being honored by Old Westbury Gardens for her garden writing.
Many gardeners and cooks recognize Suzy from her frequent TV appearances on ABC and NBC as well as her series of garden spots on Good Morning America. She travels and lectures constantly and has been the featured speaker at Epcot, the Williamsburg Garden Symposium and other flower shows across the country, including Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, St. Lewis and Atlanta. Suzy has twice been a featured speaker at the Disney Institute and was a judge and the headline speaker at the Northwest Garden Show in February 2004.
Suzy served on the boards of Hostra University, The American Horticultural Society and the Garden Conservancy and was a distinguished advisor to The Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Old Westbury Gardens. Don't be surprised to find her magnificent six-acre garden on Long Island featured in national magazines and books.