Participating Garden Personalities

Colin and Renée Alevras   |   Sean Conway   |   Willi Galloway   |   Dana Jacobi   |   Rebecca Kolls   |   Brian McGovern   |   William Moss   |   Charlie Nardozzi   |   Vicki Payne   |   Pat Stone

Colin and Renée Alevras
Colin and Renée Alevras opened The Tasting Room Wine Bar & Café in November 1999 with a vision of great American wines paired with innovative cuisine created with the freshest local ingredients. After years of success, they have now opened The Tasting Room Restaurant on Elizabeth Street, and the original location at 72 East First Street has new life as a café and wine bar. Both Colin and Renée had worked in NYC restaurant kitchens after graduating from Peter Kump's NY Cooking School (now known as ICE The Institute for Culinary Education), before they traveled to Paris to apprentice in the 3 Star Micheline rated Arpege. After returning to New York, Colin worked as a private chef to a UN ambassador and Renée managed a hotel restaurant while they began preparations to open their own restaurant. They have two children and live in the East Village.

Sean Conway
Celebrated garden designer and television host Sean Conway combines his zest for outdoor living with his innovative style to create outdoor spaces that bring great design to life.

In 2008, Conway expands his Sean Conway™ Garden Style collection for Target with a wider assortment of cast aluminum patio furniture. Building on the dining set, the line now includes deep seating, all-weather wicker, balcony height, sling and chaise lounges — all with woven cushions in classic Conway colors. The assortment was designed to mix and match. Antique-inspired décor pieces including oil lamps, gnomes statuaries, weathervanes and outdoor thermometers help guests bring their own style to life.
Conway is the host and executive producer of Cultivating Life, which appears on public television stations nationwide and features tips and ideas for outdoor living. In addition to his own show, Conway has been a repeat guest on both Martha Stewart Living and NBC’s TODAY show.

Willi Galloway
Willi Evans Galloway is the West Coast Editor of Organic Gardening magazine. She is a weekly guest on Seattle’s popular KUOW 94.9 gardening program, Greendays, has appeared on gardening segments for Fox Q13, and regularly speaks at gardening events. Willi is a Master Gardener and also serves on the Board of Directors for Seattle Tilth, a non-profit that teaches urbanites how to garden organically. Willi is also the Garden Expert for eHow.com and is at work on DigginFood.com, a new blog dedicated to edible gardening and cooking. Willi grows vegetables and flowers at her neighborhood community garden and also gardens in her small Seattle yard with her husband, a dopey Labrador retriever, and four pet chickens.
Dana Jacobi
Dana Jacobi has authored six cookbooks and written for Food & Wine, Cooking Light, and the New York Times. Her work has won a Gourmand World Cookbook Award and has been twice nominated for a James Beard Foundation Book Award. She teaches cooking classes in New York City, where she also lives. Photo credit © 2008 Maren Caruso.
Rebecca Kolls
Master Gardener Rebecca Kolls knows her dirt — she's been digging in the garden most of her life! It was a passion passed down from her mentor, her grandfather. For 11 years Rebecca hosted NBC's nationally syndicated show Rebecca's Garden. She was the lifestyles and gardening contributor for ABC's Good Morning America for many years, is the author of the book Rebecca's Garden: Four Seasons to Grow On, and now publishes her own magazine, Seasons by Rebecca. Rebecca has appeared on many national talk shows such as: Oprah, CNN, The Rachel Ray Show, Regis and Kathy Lee, Tony Danza, NBC's Weekend Today Show, The Other Half, and many more. She has been featured in numerous national magazines and newspapers.
Brian McGovern
Brian began studying magic at the age of six, after befriending an elderly vaudeville magician and sometime card cheat in Coney Island. In return for running errands, the old wizard taught Brian everything he knew about the art of deception. As a teen he perfected his sleight of hand skills performing on the streets of New York City. He went on to perform at corporate events and comedy clubs across the country. Now he produces comedy and magic shows for events all over the world as president of Hijinx Entertainment.

William Moss
Teaching is my vocation; nature and gardening are my passions. I've been fortunate enough to combine these interests in many projects, such as working with teens and adults at the Chicago Botanic Garden, teaching about landscape design on Discovery's Channel's Rally Round the House and Town Haul, and now as an urban gardening expert with the National Gardening Association.

At heart I’m a southerner from Spartanburg, South Carolina. But since moving to attend Northwestern University, Chicago has been my home. After several years teaching in the city's public schools, I enrolled in the Chicago Master Gardeners course, and horticulture has been my life ever since. I'm a full-fledged urban gardener, with a roof deck, balcony containers, dozens of houseplants, a local community plot, and a backyard oasis at my mother-in-law's brick bungalow. In these varied spaces I grow edibles, tropicals, succulents, alpines, prairie denizens, woodlanders, woodies, and water garden plants — all within a bustling metropolis.

Charlie Nardozzi
Charlie Nardozzi has worked for more than 20 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television, and the printed page. He delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun and accessible to everyone. His energy, exuberance, and love of the natural world also make Charlie an exciting public speaker and presenter. He presently is the senior horticulturist and spokesperson for the National Gardening Association (NGA). He also writes the national news for the Regional Reports Newsletter, conducts media interviews about gardening and NGA provides horticultural consultation to NGA programs and writes a free Edible Landscaping e-newsletter.

For 12 years he was an editor with National Gardening magazine, writing stories on a variety of gardening topics from roses to tomatoes. He has written for national magazines such as Organic Gardening and contributed to many of the “Gardening for Dummies” titles, authoring Vegetable Gardening For Dummies. He also contributed to other book project such as 7 in 1 Gardening for Dummies and the Better Homes and Gardens’ Yard and Garden Owner’s Manual.

Charlie’s skills as a garden communicator extend beyond the printed page. In 2005, he was the host of PBS’s Garden Smart, reaching more than 60 million households. He has also been a gardening expert on many national syndicated television shows such as HGTV’s Today at Home and Way to Grow, Discovery Channel’s Home Matters, DIY’s Ask DIY, as well as appearing on QVC and the Home Shopping Network. At his home in Vermont, he co-hosts In The Garden tips on the local CBS affiliate television station (WCAX-Channel 3), a weekly, call-in radio show on WJOY-1230AM and is a commentator at Vermont Public Radio.

Vicki Payne
Vicki Payne has hosted the lively and informative For Your Home show on PBS and the Create Channel since 1996. Vicki brings viewers the latest trends, tips and products for improving their homes, their gardens and their lifestyle. For Your Home is carried by more than 292 stations and is the #2 most aired home and garden show in the country, airing more than 1,400 times per week. Vicki is an internationally recognized lifestyle, garden and home improvement expert. In addition to her work in television, she is an accomplished writer, speaker, and educator. She is frequently published in shelter, craft and trade magazines. She is the author of many home organization and glass crafting books.

Pat Stone
Pat Stone is the coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul: 101 Stories to make the Heart Bloom, part of the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is also editor, publisher and creator of GreenPrints, “The Weeder’s Digest,” the only magazine devoted to sharing the human side of gardening in fine prose and art.

 

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