I write Chicago's oldest, active gardening blog. Over the years I've built an identity as an urban gardener that gardeners on both side of the industry trust. I've been featured in print & radio, written for publications like Lawn & Garden Retailer and the Chicago Tribune. Photographs of mine have been printed in publications ranging from Digital Camera Magazine in the UK , Northern Gardener and In These Times, and Sunset Magazine in the U.S. I speak on topics ranging from urban gardening, and seed saving to garden blogging and social media. In the past I've spoken at various garden clubs in Chicago, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show and the Green Metropolis Fair produced by Mindful Metropolis.

Currently, I'm the Creative Director of One Seed Chicago. An urban greening project that distributes free seeds to residents of my fair city in an effort to raise awareness about community gardens and inspire new gardeners. I love this gig because it combines all of my passions-the Internet, social media, marketing, seeds/gardening-and allows me to meet a lot of new people, see gardens and help make Chicago a little bit more green. In February 2012 I joined TreeHugger as a contributing writer.

mrbrownthumbI'm available for product reviews, consultations in: gardening, blogging, social media, content creation, residential, school/community gardens, and connecting brands with gardening communicators. Garden photos from my garden blog are available for licensing. There isn't much to see at this domain so enjoy the slideshow above and click the links above to find me on online. Or, give me a call using the Google Voice badge below.

About Me.
I'm a garden blogger in Chicago, IL., and I blog about my experiences gardening in the city. In my spare time I'm a photography enthusiast and try to find ways to put my marketing degree to use. If you landed here chances are that you came here because of my garden blog. If you'd like, you can head over to the MrBrownThumb garden blog on Blogger. That link should open in a new window for you.

On 4/19/12 Published Plant Sale Savvy for Tribune Newspapers.

On 2/25/12 Published Where gardeners, and plants, rub elbows for Tribune Newspapers.

On 2/21/12 I joined TreeHugger as a contributing writer. An RSS link of my posts is available here.

On 1/25-28/12 I spoke the ANLA Clinic as a specialist and spoke on social media and garden blogging.

On  9/17/11. I helped install the first garden on a CTA train for Art on Track. Read about the Mobile Garden

On 9/12/11. Published Quick! What's That Plant for Tribune Newspapers.

On 08/19/11. Published Websites to Help the Gardener Grow for Tribune Newspapers.

On 8/08/11. Published Greening the City, One Rain Barrel at a Time for GapersBlock.

On 2/12/11. Lead a seed swap at the Lurie Garden Chicago.

On 10/04/10. I lead a workshop on garden blogging for a the Lurie Garden at the Chicago Cultural Center. If you attended the workshop and are looking for information about modifying your blog, visit www.GardenBloggers.com. You'll find a list of tutorials in the table of contents link. Visit the MrBrownThumb blog and Chicago Garden.

On 2/07/10. I'm scheduled to be on Mike Nowak's Chicago Gardening radio show to talk about social media and horticulture. Things I'm anticipating being brought up: the MrBrownThumb garden blog. My Chicago Garden blog on ChicagoNow. Chicago Gardeners blogroll and One Seed Chicago.

On 1/15/09. I had an article published in the January 2010 issue of Lawn & Garden Retailer magazine about garden bloggers and the benefit they are to independent garden centers.

On 1/01/10. I helped launch the One Seed Chicago project for the 2010 growing season. One Seed Chicago lets Chicagoans vote on three plants. The seeds of the winning plant, by popular vote, are then distributed for free to all the Chicagoans who voted in an effort to make Chicago a a greener city. Visit the link to vote until April 1, 2010 and afterwards for updates and news about the winning seed.

On 9/10/09. I was invited to attend the harvest festival of the vegetable garden at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. You can visit that link for pictures and video from the event.

On 7/02/09. I was interviewed by Outside the Loop RADIO about my Chicago Garden blog on ChicagoNow.com

On 5/26/09. Chicago Garden went live. Chicago Garden is a garden blog for the ChicagoNow.com network of blogs launched by the Chicago Tribune. The content on this new garden blog is different than on the MrbrownThumb blog and is focused on providing information about gardening in Chicago. Stop by, sign up and become part of the conversation.

On 4/10/09. I got a sneak preview of Dream in Color, the flower show on Macy's on State Street in Chicago. You can see my review of the flower show in the post Macy's Flower Show 2009.

On 03/07/09. I was part of a panel discussion on garden blogging at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. If I met you during my visits to the show I may have blogged about you or your garden installation on my garden blog. Links to all the posts/pictures & videos on my garden blog related to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show can be found at Chicago Flower & Garden Show 2009.

This is just a stub page but you're more than welcomed to look around the pages here if you have some time to kill. I'll be updating these pages so pardon the mess while I try to do some spring cleaning.