Jodi Torpey

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Denver, Colorado 80249

Jodi Torpey is an award-winning vegetable gardener, master gardener, editor-in-chief of WesternGardeners.com, and author of Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening and The Colorado Gardener's Companion. She's also a gardening instructor with Bluprint.com

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Jodi Torpey is an award-winning vegetable gardener, master gardener, and founder and editor-in-chief of WesternGardeners.com. She’s the author of Blue-Ribbon Vegetable Gardening, (Storey Publishing) and The Colorado Gardener’s Companion (Globe Pequot Press). Her garden writing is also published on home and garden websites and in magazines, newspapers, and e-books. 

Jodi is a gardening instructor for an international audience through her Bluprint online class on small-space vegetable gardening. In addition, she’s a contributing editor for Fine Gardening Magazine’s vegetable growing website, VegetableGardener.com.

She’s a popular guest speaker at conferences and gardening events around the country. Since 2010 Jodi has organized Denver’s annual Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign as a volunteer for GardenComm, Garden Communicators International.


Jodi Torpey has a knack for creating gardening programs that are entertaining, informative and inspirational. Each customized presentation is filled with practical, down-to-earth gardening information, research-based gardening methods, and fun.

Jodi's a popular guest speaker at conferences and gardening events from coast-to-coast including the Garden Writers Association Symposium in Quebec, Canada; the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, the National Heirloom Expo (Santa Rosa, Calif.), the Go Native Speaker’s Series (Gillette, Wyo.), Denver’s ProGreen Industry Expo, the Denver Botanic Gardens, and at garden centers, libraries and special gardening events.

Her most-requested presentations include:

Edible Spaces in Small Places
Don’t let the lack of garden space keep you from enjoying fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. Discover how to turn a balcony, patio or windowsill into an economical and productive garden. This program provides everything you need to get started from creative container options to the veggie varieties that give the biggest bang for the buck.

How to Grow Prize-worthy Produce
Step right up! This entertaining program captures the joy of growing vegetables for sport, fun, glory or simply for the kitchen table. Discover how to choose the top vegetable varieties, schedule planting dates and other secrets to growing the biggest and best prize-winning produce.

Heirloom Kitchen Gardening

This talk turns back time to help gardeners gain a new appreciation for the flavors, colors, textures and imperfections that make heirloom vegetables worth growing. Learn the stories behind some varieties, how to plant and manage the kitchen garden and tips for saving seeds to pass along to others.

Vertical Vantage: The Art of Growing Up

Vertical growing is a gardener's secret weapon for maximizing garden space, solving design dilemmas, and hiding eyesores. Discover how to use arbors and trellises to frame or direct a view, tame a large landscape and unlock your garden's potential. Learn how to layer up instead of out and how to create a lush garden with container plantings.

The Incredible Edible Yard: How to Plant Food and Flowers Together
Tranform an ordinary landscape into an edible garden by adding fruits, flowers and herbs in unexpected ways. Learn how to integrate edible plants into flower beds and replace conventional ornamental shrubs and flowering plants with attractive and appetizing alternatives.

How to Save Water and Money in the Landscape

You can grow a beautiful and productive landscape while staying within your water budget. This presentation helps gardeners rethink every drop of water they use on lawns, in flowerbeds and in vegetable gardens, too. Discover how much water—and money—is wasted outdoors, and what to do about it, including how to start a xeriscape. Discover dozens of simple water-saving strategies from one of the most frugal gardeners around.

Successful $trategies for Gardening on the Cheap

If gardeners are planting gardens to save money on groceries or cut flowers, it doesn’t make sense to invest in pricey plants, costly containers, fancy fertilizers or gardening supplies. This fast-paced session is geared to gardeners at all levels who are looking for inexpensive options for planting and growing. Gardeners leave this session armed with a year’s worth of money-saving gardening tips.


Based in Denver, Colorado; have PowerPoint, will travel.

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Gardening on the cheap

Bob Bolton from Cheyenne, WY - 04/29/2012 12:47:37

I would definitely recommend Jodi's presentation! She discussed a top ten list on inexpensive gardening, using her own gardening experiences, and I took away more than a dozen great ideas to try. Thanks Jodi!

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