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C.L. Fornari

Author C.L. Fornari.

C.L. Fornari is a plant geek who fell into garden communications in 1995. She is the author eight books including Coffee for Roses, The Cocktail Hour Garden and Sand and Soil: Creating Beautiful Gardens On Cape Cod and the Islands. These books are all fully illustrated with C.L.’s photographs.

C.L. is a regular columnist for Garden Center Magazine. She’s also written for Angie’s List Magazine, Prime Time Magazine, Fine Gardening, Coastal Home, Country Gardens, and American Nurseryman.

GardenLine, C.L.’s 2-hour live radio program has been heard on Saturday mornings on WXTK for over 15 years. For two years she was also the host of The Garden Lady on WRKO, and was a regular contributor to The Cultivated Gardener, heard on NPR stations nationwide. Along with Ellen Zachos, C.L. is the co-host of Plantrama, a podcast about plants, launched in 2017.

As a speaker, C.L. presents to a variety of audiences on horticulture, writing and presentation skills. In addition to speaking, radio, and writing, C.L. blogs and runs a consultation service for Hyannis Country Garden, an independent garden center on Cape Cod.

C.L. was awarded the Garden Communicator award from the Perennial Plant Association, several awards from GardenComm and her book, The Cocktail Hour Garden was given an award in the “How To-Self Help” category by ASJA.

In 2015 C.L. launched the first annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, a ten-day regional celebration of gardens that raised over $45,000.00 for local non-profits in 2017.

Her not-so-secret mission is to put horticulture back into popular culture…in the meantime she is writing a novel and growing all manner of plants at Poison Ivy Acres on Cape Cod.

Connect with C.L. on her website: www.GardenLady.com