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Amanda Thomsen Columnist, Blogger

Big, loud and fun, Amanda has been gardening since she could walk, and has worked in the garden and landscaping industry since just after that. She's been writing her blog - Kiss My Aster - for almost 12 years. She's curently a columnist for Green Profit magazine, which enables her to get to speak to people in the garden center and nursery industry and help them not get too fuddy-duddy, have fun at work and hurl themselves at Generations X,Y and Z.

She lives in Chicago with her family in a pup tent in the parking lot of the Chicago Botanic Garden and she does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

Recent Articles

Kiss My Aster
Coral Arguments
Amanda Thomsen
You may ask WHY we might choose to worship a different color every year? It’s so we don’t get stuck … or even more stuck, as the case may be.
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Keeping Social Media Fresh in 2019
Amanda Thomsen
Try one or try them all—the important thing is to keep trying new things and shaking things up.
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The One About Milkweed & Sam Kinison
Amanda Thomsen
Growing natives comes with a whole different maintenance regime than the homeowner has ever done before; suddenly bugs are a positive after years of being a nuisance.
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Future Business Model: Kids Getting Dirty
Amanda Thomsen
If you hold a planting party for adults, you may have a handful of people show up, but if you have a planting party for kids—word will travel like wildfire.
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The Experiment
Amanda Thomsen
Hashtags are real AND ALSO kind of silly.
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Dollars and Sensory
Amanda Thomsen
Stepping inside a Lush store is like a vibrant wake-up call after lumbering around the mall like a zombie.
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Make It Easy to be Green
Amanda Thomsen
So how do we act, while marketing ourselves, as more sustainable?
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Supercharged Bat-tery
Amanda Thomsen
As we know, education is what turns a casual customer into a lifelong addict.
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Some Like It Hot (But I Doubt They Meant THIS Hot)
Amanda Thomsen
I’d pay twice for a roaming vendor to hit me up (with a cool drink) when I’m cruising the scented geranium display.
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40 Open Questions to Ask Customers
Amanda Thomsen
You want to always ask questions that give you detailed information or that at least lead you closer to knowing what question you’ll ask next.
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