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Who Are We?  Meet Your Garden Team

AmericangothicAre you wondering just who is behind the Successful Gardens website and newsletter?  Are they really the people in the American Gothic picture?

What gardening experience do we really have?  Are we really experts or just pretend to be ones in our online life?

Rest assured that our team comes to you with lots of experience in the gardening industry.  One of our team members is considered by many to be an expert in the field.

One team member is a former plant killer.  (See Confessions of a Former Plant Killer on the website to find out more about overcoming this syndrome.)

Read on to meet your garden team…


Meet Gary Emmett

GaryGary Emmett learned the love of gardening as a child from his grandmother.  She patiently worked at his side teaching him how to beautify his surroundings.

Gary earned a degree in horticulture from Ricks College, now known as BYU-Idaho, with an emphasis on retail management and landscape construction.  He then went to work for a large garden center in Southeast Idaho for 11 years, and managed each of their 2 stores and locations during that time.

During those 11 years, he also was the star of a local news gardening segment on television.  He has also had experience in radio call-in shows in which callers could call him and ask their gardening questions.

Gary then went on to work for a national lawn and garden chemical/fertilizer company.  He was the regional sales manager and his territory covered five western states.   He spent much of his work time training garden centers and their employees about the products his company sold so they could assist their customers.

Gary currently works for his town as the Parks Director.  He loves to play with and care for over 500 roses.  He also teaches classes to the public on gardening and answers their questions on how to solve their gardening problems.

When Gary is not playing with the roses and parks in town, he enjoys spending his free time designing and planting the “empty canvas” that he and Brenda currently have as a yard.  This is a definite work in progress and might actually be finished someday.

Gary’s favorite annuals are Osteospermums, diascia, and calibrachoa.  His favorite perennials are heuchera and roses.

Gary has this bit of advice for all gardeners:  “Gardening is an adventure filled with many twists and turns.   Remember to have fun in the journey and you will be successful.”

Meet Brenda Emmett

BrendaBrenda Emmett  has painstakingly learned how to turn a brown thumb into a green one over the past 17 years; although she has gardened in some form or another her entire life. She loves to speak about plants and anything related to gardening. She even worked in a garden center for a couple of years and loved it.

Her favorite flower is the tulip, though she is also partial to the bright Osteospurnum and daisies.

She is often found gardening with her husband of 20 years, Gary Emmett. He has taught her many things about the garden. .

Brenda currently works from home  as the publisher for a national homeschooling website .  She also heads up the organization and implementation of a viral product review team.

Brenda enjoys taking care of her family which includes her husband and her son.  When she can’t be found online, you will find her outside in the yard and garden working to make something a little more beautiful.