Joe’s infatuation with gardening and nature began as a child after a run-in with his parents’ favorite shrub; he panicked and jammed the broken branch into the ground. A few weeks later, it had taken root. Joe was not only relieved; he was also hooked on horticulture. That passion resulted in a lifetime of learning and is evident to a national audience through his books including The Green Gardener’s Guide, a syndicated column, several podcasts, and as host of two popular series, Fresh from the Garden on DIY Network and GardenSMART on PBS.
Today, Joe combines his television experience and expertise of gardening, environmental stewardship and passion for living a more eco-friendly life, as creator, host and executive producer of the award-winning national public television series, Growing a Greener World®, which focuses on the stories of people, places and organizations that are doing good things for the planet, with an emphasis on gardening. Joe also shares his expertise on NBC’s TODAY SHOW, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Victory Garden and more.
Joe is an industry leader in environmental media and the 2011 recipient of The American Horticultural Society’s, B.Y. Morrison Communication Award, which recognizes effective and inspirational communication—through print, radio, television, and/or online media—that advances public interest and participation in horticulture. His knowledge and passion combined with his down-to-earth approachability have earned him a large and loyal following. Joe has also received a Garden Writers’ Association Gold Media Award for Best Electronic Media in 2011 and Garden Writers’ Association Silver Media Award for On-Air Talent in 2012.
Through his varied roles as a sought-after gardening and sustainability expert, speaker, and communicator, Joe, (a.k.a “joe gardener”®) is well positioned to share important, useful information with millions of viewers to help them develop a better understanding of gardening, environmental stewardship, and leading a more eco-friendly life.