FERN MARSHALL BRADLEY is a freelance writer and editor with extensive experience in garden and nature books. A former garden book editor for Rodale, she conceived and edited several top-selling titles, including Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening and The Experts Book of Garden Hints. She lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York.
Barbara W. Ellis, the former gardening editor for Rodale, is the author of Taylor's Guide to Growing North America's Favorite Plants, Taylor's Guide to Annuals, and Taylor's Weekend Guide to Attracting Birds and Butterflies.
DEBORAH L. MARTIN is a freelance editor and writer who has made appearances as a gardening expert on HGTV and elsewhere. Previously she spent more than a decade at Rodale as a garden book editor and is the author ofBest-Ever Backyard Birding TipsandCompost Gardening.