Toensmeier and Salman

7 06 2008

(Sounds like a law firm, doesn’t it?) Well, it’s not! It’s Toensmeier, as in Eric Toensmeier, author of Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, A Gardener’s Guide to Over 100 Delicious and Easy to Grow Vegetables, published by Chelsea Green Publishing Company in Vermont.

I was hired by my client, the American Horticultural Society (AHS), to photograph their 2008 Great American Gardeners Awards and Book Awards last night. I was waiting for the guests to arrive at 5:30 and Eric introduced himself. I had a great conversation with him about gardening and his book (which I plan to add to my already-substantial gardening library; too bad I didn’t have one with me for him to autograph!), and how he came up with such a really unique book project. When he told me what the title of his book was, my reaction was pretty much what most people would say—“there are perennial vegetables?” I knew that artichokes were perennial, but had no idea there were so many others. Eric is the co-author (along with Dave Jacke) of Edible Forest Gardens. Perennial Vegetables is his first solo project and it has already won him accolades from the AHS this year. Read more about Eric (and the other book award winners) here. Order your copy directly from Chelsea Green or from Amazon (where it has gotten great reviews). Best of luck with your writing career, Eric!

And the other name? Salman—as in David Salman, President and Chief Horticulturist, High Country Gardens and Santa Fe Greenhouses in Santa Fe, New Mexico. David was presented the Paul Ecke Jr. Commercial Award this evening. He is a national speaker on waterwise gardens and xeriscaping. His wife, Ava, is Vice President and directs the marketing and e-commerce operations for the company. I’m on their e-mail list and they sell some really beautiful plants in their mail-order division, High Country Gardens. Check out their online library of gardening articles. Every time I visit their site, I start craving a bigger garden. And moving to the southwest, too!

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