Teri Chace

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Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor with more than 35 titles in publication, and a long and distinguished career in horticulture and natural history. Her popular presentations--accompanied by beautiful slides--are lively and edifying.

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Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor with more than 35 titles in publication, including Seeing Seeds (winner of a 2016 American Horticultural Society Book award), Seeing Flowers, How to Eradicate Invasive Plants, and The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers. She has also written and edited extensively for Horticulture, North American Gardener, Backyard Living, and Birds & Blooms. Raised in California and educated at Bard College in New York, Chace has gardened in a variety of climate zones and soil types, from inner city Portland, Oregon, to coastal Massachusetts. She currently resides in Little Falls, a small village in the heart of central New York’s farm country; she and her husband also have a second home on the Bay of Fundy in Freeport, Nova Scotia.




Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor with over 35 titles in publication. Timber Press, Cool Springs Press, and Collector’s Press have published her books. She’s also written, edited, and blogged extensively for four major consumer gardening/outdoor-living publications (Horticulture, North American Gardener, Backyard Living, Birds and Blooms). She is the award-winning “Bottom Line Personal” newsletter’s gardening expert and contributes regularly.


She brings complex scientific and environmental topics to general audiences in her engaging and accurately researched articles for various regional magazines, including Massachusetts Audubon Society publications and the Appalachian Mountain Club’s member magazine.


For clients ranging from Reader’s Digest to Storey Publishing to Timber Press to Harris Publications, she has project-managed other authors’ books as well as consumer SIPs (Special-Interest Publications). She’s also an accomplished travel and food writer.


She’s also an experienced copywriter, working on-staff and as a consultant to numerous direct-marketing companies (B-to-B as well as B-to-C), from pet supplies to roses to outdoor-living products/furnishings to scented candles. Her copy for Jackson & Perkins gained the industry’s highest award, The Catalog Age Gold Award.


She has written, edited, and blogged for the nation’s leading roadside-travel ‘zine and website, Roadside (and RoadsideOnline.com) on topics ranging from “Why Greeks and Diners?” to urban-planning issues to comfort-food recipes to iconic on-the-road books.


The most intriguing job she’s ever held? Monitoring rare turtles for The Nature Conservancy. Or…raising teenage boys.


Raised in California and educated at Bard College in New York, she resides in a small upstate New York village with glorious summers and snowy winters. She and her husband also have a second home on the Bay of Fundy in Freeport, Nova Scotia.


At this time, Teri offers three different, narrated presentations (in PPT format, to be projected onto a big screen). All are an hour or so in length, and may be followed by audience Q&A.


Cost to your group for a visit:

Travel expenses (mileage, tolls, lodging if applicable).

The “honorarium fee” is negotiable based on the means of your organization and the projected size of the audience. Some venues charge a small admission fee to help defray the cost.

If your venue has a bookstore and you’d like to sell books, Teri is happy to linger and sign copies as needed. If no, she can bring books and offer them to attendees at a discount. 




“Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods and Fruit”: An engrossing, narrated hour-long talk based on her award-winning Timber Press title of the same name. “Every seed tells a story.” Though small and often not noticed or examined carefully, seeds are simply amazing—what they look like, what they do, how they do it, as they work towards their astounding goal of self-replication.


Teri’s tour finds strangeness and fascination in the seeds of plants as familiar as oaks and dandelions, and as curious as figs and hellebores. View the gorgeous photographs by Robert Llewellyn (she will explain his “image-stacking” technique).


“The Polly Hill Arboretum was delighted to welcome Teri Dunn Chace for a second visit, this time to speak about her recent book Seeing Seeds. Teri delighted our audience with stories, both scientific and intriguing, behind Robert Llewellyn’s extraordinary photos of seeds.”

Karin Stanley, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Polly Hill Arboretum



“Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers”: An engrossing, narrated hour-long talk based on her best-selling Timber Press title of the same name. Learn why flowers look and behave the way they do, why certain plants are placed in certain families, how flowers attract pollinators and how pollination works. She also regales the audience with some amazing and entertaining stories from the era of plant hunters. Savor the breathtaking photographs by Robert Llewellyn (she will explain his “image-stacking” technique).


“Teri captivated our audience of gardeners with stunning slides and fascinating anecdotes. I would personally recommend her without hesitation.”

Carol Eichler, Adirondack Chapter North American Rock Garden Society



"The War of the Weeds": An hour-long presentation based on her best-selling Timber Press title How to Eradicate Invasive Plants. Weeds and invasive plants are on the minds of gardeners, landscapers, park and golf-green managers and more. This talk is mainly geared towards the layman: home gardeners or anyone who loves nature.


Teri defines “weed,” and discusses the scope of the problem and what gardeners can realistically expect to achieve in their battle. She then reviews a variety of ways to fight back, saving herbicides for last. Because glyphosate is the most well-known and widely used (and perhaps most controversial) weedkiller, she spends extra time describing what it is and how it works, as well as noting its benefits and risks.


“I highly recommend Teri Dunn Chace’s talk “War of the Weeds” based on her book How to Eradicate Invasive Plants. She introduces the audience to this important and somewhat daunting subject with clear solutions to manage problem plants and initiates a productive discussion concerning invasive plant issues.“ Karin Stanley, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Polly Hill Arboretum


Central New York...available to travel anywhere in the USA and Canada


Past venues include:

University of North Carolina Botanical Garden, annual Jenny Elder Fitch Lecture, Chapel Hill, NC
Garden Club of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada
Hamilton College Arboretum, Clinton, NY
Southern Hills Garden Club, LaFayette, NY
Capital District Master Gardeners’ Garden Day, Keynote speaker, Albany/Troy, NY
Polly Hill Arboretum, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Filoli, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Woodside, CA
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Bristol, RI
Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
Adirondack Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Club, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Southern Saratoga Garden Club, Saratoga Springs, NY
Penn State Conference Center, Malvern, PA
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA

Coming up:
Ecological Landscape Allliance conference, Brooklyn, NY

Photo Gallery

  • Seeing Flowers
  • Seeing Seeds
  • Invasive Plants
  • Anxious Gardener

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"War of the Weeds"

Lesley Hetherington from NJ - 05/05/2021 14:46:05

Teri presented to our local garden club a fascinating lecture on invasive plants. She is a very engaging speaker, highly knowledgeable & so willing to tailor the lecture to our local concerns & issues. A pleasure to work with and we look forward to another garden talk!

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Seeing Seeds Zoom webinar

Horticultural Society of Maryland from Baltimore, MD - 11/11/2020 16:47:37

Teri's presentation was excellent and smoothly delivered via Zoom.. It was very well received by our audience. Robert Llewellyn's slides are beautiful, and it's especially enjoyable to see them close up.

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Great presentation !!!

Bob Davis @ Lancaster County Garden Club from Lancaster, PA - 11/20/2019 16:57:54

Great presentation by Teri Dunn Chace for the Lancaster County Garden Club’s annual banquet. Stunning photographs and fascinating stories... a real pleasure!

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