writer, designer, gardener
Kim Toscano is a freelance writer, garden illustrator, and horticulturalist with an eye on design. Formally trained in horticulture, environmental science, and entomology, her gardening interests include all things edible as well as garden design and landscaping for wildlife. Kim takes a holistic approach to gardening and landscaping, working in harmony with the natural environment. This includes organic and sustainable gardening practices, careful management of water, and enhancing biodiversity in the landscape.
A BIT ABOUT ME
I earned my bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in entomology from Purdue University. I also earned a certificate in Environmental Studies, which has guided my gardening philosophy.
I have worked in horticulture and communications for over twenty years, using my scientific training and practical experience to educate and inspire gardeners. My roles have been quite varied, from researcher to garden designer, educator to writer.
During this time I hosted Oklahoma Gardening, a weekly PBS television program, sharing my expertise through more than one thousand video segments covering all aspects of gardening, environmental stewardship, and sustainable living. To support my programming, I designed over a dozen gardens that were installed at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University, including a formal terraced garden, an organic vegetable garden and themed ornamental gardens. Since then, I've turned my design skills to private gardens.
We are all bound to this one Earth. Bound to the soil beneath our feet. Bound by the rain and wind and sun. Bound by the limits of our own understanding. It is through this context that I approach the landscape. Striving to forever seek new knowledge. To grow in harmony with my surroundings. And to nurture this one Earth to which I am bound.