Bonnie Jo Manion

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San Diego, California 92024

Bonnie is blogger, free-lance garden writer, garden stylist, and speaker out of Southern California. Bonnie has recently coauthored the national best-seller, Gardening with Free-Range Chickens for Dummies (Wiley).

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Bonnie is a  blogger, freelance garden writer, garden stylist, and speaker.

Follow Bonnie at her garden lifestyle blog, She shares tips about her gardens, garden antiques, chickens, travels, vineyards, wine, home-grown food, recipes, vintage container design, and more. Through her garden antique business, Mon Petit Chou, she designs and creates re-purposed vintage container creations.

Bonnie is a little bit farm girl, a little bit European, a little bit SoCal gal, and a whole lot of fun.

Bonnie’s writings, photography, and artful living are a reflection of her love for the simple country life, as well as her time spent living abroad. She and her husband, John, have spent the last thirteen years transforming what once was a neglected acre of land into a beautiful and bountiful “gentleman’s farm”.

Bonnie has been featured in national garden magazines with her gardens, organic practices, chickens, and designs. Bonnie speaks to garden-related organizations and businesses on popular subjects such as espaliered fruit trees, backyard chickens, backyard composting, backyard vineyards, vintage container design, and garden styling. She and her husband, John, have won several ribbons for their home-made wines at the San Diego and Orange County Fairs.

A professed self-taught gardener, Bonnie has an Avian B.S. Degree from the College of Agriculture at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. In addition, she has earned an International Business Certificate, and Wine Technology Certificate from Mira Costa College, Oceanside, California.

Bonnie has been an active gardener and participating member of several local garden clubs for over 20 years. Bonnie is a member of Garden Writer's Association. 

Bonnie Manion is quoted in the beautiful and evocative part coffee-table book, part cookbook, Lunch in Provence. Smitten by her time spent in Provence, Bonnie's passion for Provence radiates.

Bonnie Manion shares her ideas and tips as the Southern California Regional Garden Contributor for Lowe's. Follow her at


Influenced by her travels and time living abroad, Bonnie imparts a distinctive Southern France twist to the Southern California lifestylye through her artful cooking, gardening, and styling.

Bonnie draws inspiration from her own home and garden, and pens the popular garden lifestyle blog, She writes and speaks on many popular subjects such as composting, chickens, backyard vineyards, espaliered fruit trees, garden styling, homegrown edibles, herbs, and vintage re-purposing, and more. 

Companion Gardening with Backyard Chickens

Bringing the Magic of Provence to Your Home & Garden.

Basic Vintage Container Design

Seasonal Living Through Cooking, Gardening, and Styling.


North San Diego County, Southern California

Photo Gallery

  • Meet Bonnie and her girls, Dahlia and Charley
  • Vintage Container Design Class
  • Dormant Pruning in My Vineyard
  • Vintage Urns Carry a Torch

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Audience Reviews

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Thank You So Much

Kate Engler from California - 01/23/2017 17:26:55

Thank you so much for speaking to our group on Monday. What a treat for all of us to stroll through Provence for the first or second or maybe third time! You made me look good and I appreciate it. Warmly, Kate Engler, Las Jardineras Garden Club

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Engaging Speaker

Rebecca Sweet from California - 05/13/2016 19:30:09

As the Seminar Manager for the 2016 SF Garden Show, I was so pleased to have Bonnie Jo Manion as a guest speaker. Her topic was 'The Magic of Provence' and it was a huge hit with the crowd. We'd welcome her to speak at our show any time she likes!

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Terrific Speaker

Mary Ellen Bacon from California - 07/22/2015 19:23:45

Bonnie Manion is a delight. She brought the Magic of Provence to Ocean Hills Garden Club. Bonnie held our attention with her beautiful photographs of her travels to Provence. She was punctual, professional, warm, friendly and interesting. We are all eager to incorporate the lovely elements of Provence style into our gardens and homes after hearing Bonnie’s presentation. Bonnie is a wonderful speaker.