The late LOIS HOLE was internationally renowned and beloved, both for her garden lore and her habit of hugging virtually everyone she met. With her passion for gardening and her business savvy, Lois helped turn a family business into a multi-million dollar garden centre. She also became the best-selling author of a series of down-to-earth gardening books, which have sold over 750,000 copies in Canada and the United States. Lois was a tremendous supporter of public education and served for years as a school board trustee and university chancellor. In her later life, she was honoured for her years of service by being appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta, a position she held until her death in early 2005.
Jim Hole grew up in a renowned gardening family that owns a major commercial greenhouse operation. He is the coauthor of five books with his mother, the immensely popular garden writer Lois Hole. He is also a frequent contributor to national gardening publications.
Since earning a bachelor of science in agriculture, Jim has continued to work for the family operation and also has gone on to become a popular garden columnist and radio and TV gardening personality.
Jim is a frequent speaker before garden clubs and at trade shows across North America. He loves to share what he's learned from over 30 years of hands-on experience in the greenhouse. His guiding principle when sharing gardening knowledge is to stick to "practical advice and the science behind it."