Kathleen Brenzel, former Garden Editor of Sunset Magazine, is author of many magazine articles on gardens and plants, and editor of 14 garden books, including the Sunset Western Garden Book (four editions), the Western Landscaping Book (3 editions), Easy Care Plantings, and The Northwest Gardening Book.
Throughout her career, she has also shared garden ideas and techniques on TV shows, including The Victory Garden for PBS (as West Coast Hostess for a season), Grow It for HGTV, and The House Doctor for ABC; on radio programs (including “The Forum” for KQED, San Francisco); and aboard the cruise ship Crystal Symphony enroute to Western Canada and Alaska. Her passion for plants and gardens has taken her around the globe, including to Hawaii, where she completed a fellowship in the ecology of the Hawaiian Islands at the National Tropical Botanical Garden on the island of Kauai. She has served as judge of display gardens at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, and of garden design competitions, including the APLD International Garden Design Competition in 2013.
In 2007, she received the American Horticultural Society’s Horticultural Communications Award, and in 2016, the Excellence in Media award from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Kathleen is currently at work on her next book. (Photo by Frances Freyberg/Zenfolio)