Mark A. Miller is the Education & Exhibits Director for Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. He completed a B.S. in Horticulture, an M.S. in Agricultural Education, and a Ph.D. in Environment & Natural Resources at The Ohio State University, with a one-year Post-Doctoral research position. Mark has enjoyed a long and varied work history: 40 years as a landscape designer in Ohio, DC, and San Antonio; tree crop specialist and educator in the US Peace Corps; vocational horticulture instructor at the Ohio Reformatory for Women; program associate for the Ohio Cooperative Extension Service; Director of Horticulture/Co-Director of Education for the American Horticultural Society (AHS) and later Deputy Director of National Programs for AHS; seven years as Content Director for the gardening websites: www.learn2grow.com and www.growums.com and seven years as Outreach Education Manager at Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in Columbus, Ohio. His current position allows him to create and manage education programs and garden-wide interpretation, oversee volunteer coordination, present horticultural and environmental classes, assist with development and installation of new gardens and buildings, and manage artist exhibitions in the Welcome Center. Mark has served as a consultant and evaluator on a variety of projects and has authored, co-authored, edited or contributed to a number of published works.
Third generation lifetime background in nursery, landscape, lawn & garden field. BS degree Marketing, past president Kansas City Assn. of Nurseryman, past president Missouri Nursery & Landscape Assn. past president Western Nursery & Landscape Assn., past chairperson Public Relations Comm. American Nursery & Landscape Assn., Iowa Certified Nursery Professional, Missouri Certified Nursery Professional, White House grounds liaison for American Nursery & Landscape Assn. (now AmericanHort.), field rep for five large wholesale nurseries calling on 500 garden centers a year in seven state territory, v.p. industry relations for Preferred Commerce (original creator of Growums)
Jen Hooks is an elementary school educator, working with students in grades K through 5. Before teaching, she spent 25 years writing and editing for multiple sides of the horticulture/gardening industry: As an editor for American Nurseryman magazine, she worked with horticulturists, landscape designers, garden center owners and professors nationwide. She eventually left print publication for the magic of the Internet, becoming the editor for Learn2Grow.com, a website that taught consumers how to become successful home gardeners. Her work at Learn2Grow led to an exciting opportunity to help create an incredible program that teaches children how to grow their own vegetables and herbs — and Growums was born! With the help of her children and the Growums gang, she has been growing her family’s food for the past 13 years. (Basil, tomatoes and cucumbers remain the top favorites, but pumpkins are starting to creep up the list.)