Chris began gardening more than 35 years ago with metal coffee cans for pots and coleus the only plant she grew. Now she writes about garden life: the how-to, make-believe and true-life stories. Chris’ muse is at home at this bloggy place called Stay Gardening, for new backyard gardeners and longtime plant collectors alike.
Chris has moved her pots and plants, again. She waved good-bye to the low desert of Arizona and now writes her stories back in Indiana’s Midwest. Wherever she has lived, from her native Wisconsin through Ohio, Pennsylvania, and a long time ago in Germany, Chris has grown potted gardens inside and out.
Chris Eirschele has had a professional membership with the Garden Writers Association since 2006.
Chris’ most recent work may be found at Decoded Plants and through her latest book, The Kid-Gardener’s Planting Book for Parents wrote for adults with kids who want to garden.
Home Gardening to Horticultural to Garden Travel in Many Media
Chris writes on home gardening, horticultural topics, and garden travel with equal enthusiasm. From 2012 – 2013, Chris wrote travel pieces from a gardener’s perspective at BucketTripper.com. Much earlier in her writing career she wrote for theMulch.com where she focused on container gardening.
From Ohio Gardener, editor Michelle Byrne Walsh comments, “Chris Eirschele’s gardening articles always include lots of specific hands-on information, but the writing is breezy and easy to follow. I enjoy the way she approaches many different topics and ideas.” Chris was a contributing writer for Ohio Gardener and Missouri Gardener, publications of State-by-State Gardening. She looks forward to being published in Pennsylvania Gardener in 2017.
Chris has been published in a variety of print and online magazines. She was a contributor on garden topics in Ohio’s travel magazine, Over the Back Fence. Then in 2009, she created two distinctly different takes from her visit to St. Luke’s Medical Center’s healing garden in Milwaukee. Each was published, one in the December issue of Milwaukee Magazine and one in Suite101.com “Healing Garden at St. Luke’s Hospital Milwaukee.”
Geared towards horticultural professionals, Greenhouse Grower published two articles in 2011, written by Chris. It brought her in contact with then editor, Delilah Onofrey saying, “It has been a pleasure working with Chris as an author. I also love her tagline or slogan– Stay Gardening!”
Horticultural Trained Master Gardener Beginnings
“Chris aptly combines her horticulture training, gardening experience and passion, as well as her ability to communicate, in every article she writes. I have watched her develop and grow her career from the first day she sat in one of my horticulture classes and, over the past few years, as she continues to expand her writing portfolio. It’s truly a pleasure and honor to have Chris as a colleague in the garden communications field,” says Melinda Myers.
Representing Milwaukee County Extension Master Gardeners, Chris spoke to groups like Women’s Health Initiative and senior and veteran groups and at a television-station sponsored demonstration garden. Chris pursued a horticultural education at Milwaukee Area Technical College while working as a private gardener for a Hosta enthusiast and selling plants at greenhouse garden centers.
Her past memberships included Southeastern Wisconsin Master Gardeners, Incorporated, for a time as Program Coordinator, the Daylily Society of Southeastern Wisconsin and, while in Ohio, the Metropolitan Columbus Daylily Society. She maintained a membership with the Perennial Plant Association from 2007 through 2011.
Garden Interview Related to Her Writer Life
Chris has been interviewed about her writing, the life and its challenges:
- Inspired Pen Writing – “On Being a Garden Writer“
- Inspired Pen Web – “Spring Bursts the Gardener’s Mind with Possibilities” – A review of The Kid-Gardener’s Planting Book for Parents”