Meet Pam Bennett, Author & Master Gardener

OSU Master Gardener and green industry veteran Pam Bennett will be at the GoodSeed Nursery Garden Expo on June 13th to promote her new book.

Steve Boehme

Unless you’re a Master Gardener, or a regular attendee of the Ohio State University “Short Course” (as Marjorie, Stephen and I have been every year since 1998), you may have never heard of Pam Bennett, but in our world Pam Bennett is a superstar. For seventeen years Pam has been at the podium during our annual pilgrimage to the “CENTS” nursery and garden center trade show and Ohio State University Short Course in Columbus, where we’ve spent three days each year learning the latest developments in the “green industry” from industry professionals. Pam is the State Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator for Ohio State University Extension, with 37 years of horticulture experience.

On June 13th, Pam will be at GoodSeed Nursery to promote her groundbreaking new book, Garden-pedia: an A-to-Z Guide to Gardening Terms. Co-written with industry veteran Maria Zampini, Garden-pedia is a new kind of garden reference guide: an entertaining book that cuts through confusing “hort-speak” terminology with simple, down-to-earth explanations.

Would you enjoy a book that explains in simple English what gardening terms mean so you can be a knowledgeable gardener? Do you know the difference between hardpan and hardening-off? Between a native and a nativar? A cold frame and a cloche? Pam and Maria simplify all this jargon in their groundbreaking new book, full of simple illustrations and helpful graphics. Most garden dictionaries make dull, dry reading. Garden-pedia fills the need for a clear, concise book of useful terms in a friendly, conversational style including the what, when, why and how of gardening. Over 300 of the most common terms are explained with entertaining sidebars, tips and color photos. This book is destined to be the reference of choice for novice or experienced gardeners and green industry professionals. It’s the most up-to-date reference available today.

On June 13th GoodSeed Nursery will present our first annual GoodSeed Garden Expo at Hilltop Event Center (adjacent to the garden center) to offer a learning experience for our customers and showcase our favorite products. We’ll have an indoor “mini-trade show”, product seminars, giveaway merchandise and garden center specials, plus delicious barbecue, and admission is free.

Exhibitors include Monrovia Nurseries (a nationally known plant grower with nurseries in California, Oregon, Connecticut and Georgia), High Caliper Growing (maker of “Smart Pots” and “Big Bag Beds” raised bed growing containers), Natura Products (a pioneer in deer deterrence), and Pavestone (a wall and paver manufacturer). Adding to the roster are local organizations like the Brown County Master gardeners (including weekly columnist Faye Mahaffey), Southern Ohio Forestland Association and Brown County Beekeepers Association.

Food offerings include Estel Newberry’s Big “E” BBQ serving grilled specialties, and Buckeye Confections with exceptional sweet treats. There’s a full schedule of informative seminars, including sessions on hardscaping, tree care, woody plant grooming, new plant introductions, raised bed gardening and other hot topics. GoodSeed Nursery suppliers will be bringing plenty of free samples, plus prizes you’ll have a chance to win. Anyone bringing an empty bucket can get a free sample of GoodSeed Garden Mix, our revolutionary bulk soil for raised beds.

You’re invited attend this FREE event. Whether you spend the day or just stop in for a few hours; you’ll learn a lot and have a good time! For details visit

Steve Boehme and his wife Marjorie own GoodSeed Nursery & Landscape, located at 9736 Tri-County Highway, near Winchester, Ohio. More information is available at or call (937) 587-7021.