FRED HOWER has over 40 years of experience as a horticultural consultant, certified arborist and landscape designer. A graduate of Ohio State University, he teaches in the horticulture department of Columbus State Community College. In addition to hosting a radio show, ''Plant Talk,'' he's written more than 400 columns in 90 newspapers and has made frequent guest appearances on television. He is also a speaker at gardening events throughout the state.
ALISON BECK has been gardening since she was a child. She has a diploma in Horticulture and a degree in Creative Writing. Alison is the coauthor of several best-selling gardening guides, and her books showcase her talent for practical advice and her passion for gardening.