About Us

Punk Rock Gardens is a community garden. Blog. We dig up stories about gardening and good food while propagating helpful tips about growing in Pennsylvania.  We’ll share a crop of cool plant related happenings and introduce you to local gardeners who rock.

Authors

Laura Mathews

Laura Mathews

Laura is a garden writer and photographer. She writes online content for gardening websites, writes for gardening publications and blogs for three gardening blogs. Her interests are local food, organic gardening, backyard homesteading and native plants. She assists gardening related clients with social media. And occasionally, she'll offer a solicited opinion as a garden coach.

Wendy Brister

Wendy Brister

Wendy Brister grew up gardening, went on to college to learn more about plants, and is now – in a variety of ways - sharing with others the horticulture knowledge she has spent her life learning. Brister is an adjunct faculty member at Harrisburg Area Community College specializing in herbaceous plants. She is a consultant, lecturer and a landscape designer. She holds a BS in Landscape Architecture from Temple University Ambler. The self-described plant geek, with a special affection for perennial plants, lives in Eastern York County with her husband Brian, daughter Emma and her dog, Clinger.

Stephanie Cohen

Stephanie Cohen

Stephanie Cohen is an acclaimed author, educator and lecturer. She is known as the Perennial Diva. Among her books, she's co-authored “The Nonstop Garden." She's written a book on design that was published in the spring of 2005 called "The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer" published by Storey Press. It was their best seller for 2005. This book was chosen by The Garden Writer’s of America as the winner in the best overall book.(2005) Stephanie finished a new book for 2007 called "Fallscaping". The Diva has received the honor award from The Perennial Plant Association at their meeting in 2005 in Canada.

Erica Shaffer

Erica Shaffer

Erica Shaffer is the sage plantswoman we've all come to rely upon for inspiration is the garden. She extends her infectious energy into her work as Nursery Manager for Highland Gardens, Landscape design, and garden blogging for their website. http://www.highlandgardens.org/

Jason Malmont

Jason Malmont

Jason has been a newspaper photographer for 20 years, but the job is about so much more than just taking a photograph. These last two decades of continuously meeting new people and dealing with new situations has helped hone Jason's deep compassion and interpersonal skills. Jason and his wife, Lara Brenckle, live in Carlisle, Pa and are budding gardeners.

Michael Nolan

Michael Nolan

Michael Nolan The Garden Rockstar, is a writer, homesteader and public speaker. He is co-author of the book "I GARDEN: Urban Style".

Reggie Sheffield

Reggie Sheffield

Reggie Sheffield is an urban gardener living in Central Pennsylvania who can be contacted via e-mail at troylus@verizon.net.

Terry Burger

Terry Burger

T.W. Burger was born in the western Pennsylvania steel town of Sharon, but grew up in Athens, GA, where he held jobs as a mortician, salesman, garbageman, and truck driver, among others. In his mid-30s, he moved to the historic town of Gettysburg and became a reporter and columnist at The Gettysburg Times. He is now a reporter at the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., and publishes his “Burger to Go” commentaries online. He lives with his partner Sue along Marsh Creek in southern Adams County.

Jon Schach

Jon Schach

Jon Schach is an ISA Certified Arborist PD-1580A and representative with Good's Tree Care Inc., He is also an adjunct faculty member in Harrisburg Area Community College's Horticulture degree program. When Jon isn't working in trees, or sharing trees with others, he enjoys his time with his family, and otherwise obsessing over trees.

Steve Bogash

Steve Bogash

Steve Bogash is a Regional Horticulture Educator with Penn State Cooperative Extension. Among his specialties are small fruit and vegetable production and marketing and vegetable IPM. He resides in Newville, PA, with his wife Roberta and son Joe.

Rusty Baker

Rusty Baker

Rusty Baker is into cooking and eating food, art, vinyl records, dogs, beer, motorcycles, d.i.y., work, books, history, and talking about my day at dinnertime. I don't know what all Rusty is up to these days. I do know that he is a great dad and a kind, fun person with a bright smile - Laura

Roberta Bogash

Roberta Bogash

Roberta Bogash has been working with plants for the better part of her life. After studying photography at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC and interning as a darkroom technician for GreenPeace USA she began studying horticulture through the Master Gardener Program in Maryland. Roberta has worked on multiple programs with Penn State University and Penn State Extension including a horticulture therapy program at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home and green roof installation at the Landisville Research Farm. Roberta also designed the Native Pollinator Garden for the Dickinson College Farm and the Landisville Research Farm. As a commercial contractor Roberta has designed and supervised the installation of both residential and commercial landscapes for the past eight years and is currently focusing her work in the area of stormwater management. Roberta resides in Newville, PA with her husband Steve and their son Joe.

Thanks to…

For constant inspiration and support, thanks to Grace Graybill and Shayne Edmunds.  For putting up with me digging, typing and traveling all the time, thank you, Sean Simmers. For getting my concept and designing a beautiful blog, thanks to Dave Robertson. For getting me started on the right foot, thanks Judy Bono.  For encouragement and tips on writing, thanks  to Terry Burger, Dee Mills and Pat Carroll.  For answering a ton of questions about blogs, thanks Russ Cox and John Fritchey .  For answering all my other questions, thanks to everyone who has participated in the blog so far and in the future.  Thank you!

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