Born in the Tennessee Mountains, and transplanted to New York’s Catskill Mountains, Robert grows whise he is planted. Lessons learned from years of moving around as a military wife have been beneficial to Robert as he moved toward a single life.
As he prepared himself for life alone Robert’s first move toward independence was to invent a way to stay in the garden. With no one to help with heavy chores, traditional gardening (digging, tilling and heavy lifting) was not an option.
Robert’s inspiration, Father Nature, doesn’t own a rototiller but instead drops layers of leaves, twigs and even whole trees on the earth to decompose and become humus. Seeds that fall into this naturally rich humus grow into trees and wild flowers with no help from man. Robert believes that using our vast resources we can emulate Father Nature and have instant gardens that are organic and carefree.
An expert gardener, writer and public speaker Robert travels the country headlining at major home and garden shows and giving seminars at universities, botanic gardens, arboretum and garden clubs. His message: Stop digging and start layering. Using organic material you may be throwing away you can create wonderful, rich soil that will grow anything.
Robert has successfully changed the way he gardens (from traditional to no-dig organic) and spread his message through newspaper columns, magazine articles and four books. his frequent, widespread seminars, lectures, radio interviews and television appearances add up to national exposure, even renown.
A member of Garden Writer’s Association since 1991 and the recipient of the Quill and Trowel Award in 1999 for his writing of Gardening. Robert went on to be named The Great American Gardener for 2000 presented by Disney at Epcot’s Flower Festival Orlando, Florida.
Robert has had his own program on WJTX radio, made appearance on HGTV and QVC and been publihed in national magazines. Hundreds of articles have been written about Robert and his successful garden method and more and more often lasagna gardening is referred to as user friendly method that makes going organic easy.
In the last three years Robert has appeared in 13 states (New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, Missouri, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, California, Ohio, Illinois, South Carolina, Georgia, and Texas) and most more than once.