Joseph Tychonievich

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Williamsburg, Virginia

Named by Organic Gardening as one of "... 6 young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America gardens", author, and repeated guest on public radio's The Splendid Table, Joseph blends science and humor in fun, informative presentations


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One of Joseph's gardening cartoons


Author of Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style (Timber Press, 2017) and Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener (Timber Press, 2013). Joseph has been a repeated guest on public radio's food show The Splendid Table, was named by Organic Gardening magazine as " of six young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America Gardens", his writing has appeared in top gardening magazines such as Fine Gardening. He also draws ridiculous gardening cartoons. Joseph's talks combine horticultural science, a deep obsession with plants, and humor to create a presentation that is as informative as it is fun.


Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener

Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style

Plants, Pollinators, and Why They Matter

Cool, Non-wimpy Plants You Haven't Heard of

Hosta Overdose Syndrome: Cool Alternatives for the Shade Garden

Plant Science That Will Make You a Better Gardener

How Plants Got their Stripes: The Science of Variegated and Patterned Leaves

How Genetic Engineering Works: Understanding the Science, Not the Controversy

Confessions of a Plant Crazed Garden Nerd


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Julia Hofley from Michigan - 02/07/2017 15:00:13

Joseph was our January 2017 speaker for The Hardy Plant Society ~ Great Lake's Region monthly meeting and the crowd went crazy! He is a plant-based gardener who connected with the collectors in the crowd. While at the same time he appealed to those starting out who only have a balcony or container to garden with or down-sizers who are reining in their garden size and don't want to give up their gardens completely. Naturally, connecting with the entire audience, he offered ways to build a rock garden from many perspectives. Well-prepared and well-presented, don't hesitate to hire Joseph for your organization or event.

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Engaging and enthusiastic speaker

Kennon Hampton from Memphis, Tennessee - 10/21/2016 09:49:25

Thomas was one of the best speakers about gardening whom I have heard in quite a while. He exhibits deep knowledge about plants and exudes charisma as he describes the attributes and suitability of the plants he recommends for home gardeners. I highly recommend him and look forward to attending additional presentations from him in the future.

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Wonderful Presentation

Robert Hollingsworth from Memphis, TN - 10/20/2016 22:01:35

This was the first time that I/we have heard Joseph speak. His presentation for the Mid-South Hosta Society, was bright and informative as well as entertaining. He is very personable and easy to talk to. I look forward to hearing him speak again.