While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." He asked Tom, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?" Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?" The rest of the story is not pleasant. —Author unknown


About the Planting Queen

Deb Wiley, the Planting Queen, is an award-winning professional garden writer in Des Moines, Iowa.

I’m the daughter of fifth-generation Iowa farmers. My Des Moines garden is on a hilly, deer-infested lot with lots of trees and clay soil. A gardener’s paradise! So I’ve fenced the back yard, amended the soil, and enjoy tending my “test garden” filled with lots of plants.

What I do

I’m a detail-oriented, high-energy, consumer-focused writer, editor and creative project manager for books, magazines, newspapers, and online. I specialize in clear communications, in-depth interviewing, editing, hiring and managing freelancers, art-directing photo shoots and relationship building.

Recent projects
Project editor and photo manager, Better Homes and Gardens Quick Color Gardening book, December 2012. Art direction and photography coordinator for Better Homes and Gardens Trees and Shrubs, 2012.
Writer/editor for 2013 edition of Perennials book and 2012 edition of Gardening Essentials book for North American Media Group
Senior editor and co-producer for Container Gardening magazine
Magazine articles in 2013 include Real Gardens, Country Decorating Ideas, Vintage Style, Iowa Gardener, Container Gardening, The Iowan, Great Back Yards, .  In 2012: The Iowan, Vintage Style, Gardening How-To, IA, Flea Market Gardens, Cabin Life.

Other things I’ve done
Project editor/photography manager for Better Homes and Gardens Rose Gardening (2010) and Better Homes and Gardens Orchid Gardening (2011). Art direction and photography coordination for Better Homes and Gardens Water Gardens (2011). Online content producer for BHG.com (Better Homes and Gardens)
Reporting for Bloomberg News
Past clients: Better Homes and Gardens brands; Gardening How-To (North American Media Group); Iowa Gardener; The American Gardener; Lowe’s; Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications, DSM magazine; Cornell College; Zelenka Nursery; Proven Winners; Bailey Nurseries and Meredith Integrated Marketing clients Century 21, Publix, Juicy Juice (online), Lowe’s (online).
Garden editor, Midwest Living magazine 1997-2008

Special production skills
Photography, art direction, propping

Community service
Volunteer board member of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Friends of the Des Moines Botanical Garden, The Brenton Arboretum. Member of Garden Writers Association.

A couple more things I’m proud of

Winner of 2008 Silver Award, magazine writing, Garden Writers of America

I was one of 4 North American writers selected to visit The Netherlands in April 2009 as a guest of the International Bulb Center.

Reach me on the comments box or email to debwiley (at) hotmail.com.

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