Authors Acknowledgments

Simply put, this book would not be possible without the help and advice of Teri Dunn. I am deeply indebted to her.

Natalie Harris, my project editor, was a joy to work with. She cheerfully kept me on track and shepherded the myriad parts of this book to completion, so without her, this work would not have made it to print.

I've been pleased and privileged over the years to witness the good works of the National Gardening Association (NGA). Thanks to this organization, I received the opportunity to produce this book. I hope it does justice to their mission of bringing the joys of gardening to all.

Charlie Nardozzi, a horticulturist with the National Gardening Association, was generous with his time in reviewing and making helpful suggestions for each of the chapters. It was super having a person with his gardening experience looking over my shoulder.

Putting together a detailed outline for a book takes much time and thought. For this book, Michael MacCaskey tackled this important job. Hats off to him for his thoroughness.

As with any book project, the spouse or companion of the writer suffers from neglect. My wife, Sascha, never wavered in her patience and understanding. She has always been supportive and loving, and I'm lucky to have her as my wife!

And last, I must not forget Zoe and Ginger, our two dogs who always kept me company and face every day with enthusiasm.

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