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Amanda Thomsen

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
State of the Aster
Amanda Thomsen
Making money has so many strings attached to it I never conceived of.
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Are We Having Fun Yet? Yes, Actually …
Amanda Thomsen
I was sold out of all the decorative 4-in. pots on Day 2. All of them.
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Selling Soil, Not My Soul
Amanda Thomsen
Many of the things on my list right now are boundary-setting issues …
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Once More Into the Fray
Amanda Thomsen
I thought I’d put my money where my mouth is and do the thing.
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We Don’t Talk About TikTok (AKA The Column No One Asked For)
Amanda Thomsen
If you believe that TikTok is just teens doing dances or lip syncing, you are incorrect.
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Take This Quiz to Find Out If You’re a Bad “B” (and What to Do About It)
Amanda Thomsen
How did you score?
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A Numbers Game
Amanda Thomsen
When you get the whole crew to do an Enneagram test … expect to gain insight into some things you may have suspected.
Kiss My Aster
Flavortown
Amanda Thomsen
Listen, you can still do it all, but have one flavor in the stew that’s a little bit stronger.
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Amanda Spouts Unpopular Opinions
Amanda Thomsen
I’m into the idea of buy-back programs for pots, garden ornaments and outdoor furniture. So it’d go like this: You’d have to set up some parameters—for instance, only doing buy-backs on Monday mornings or you’d have to be emailed photos first. But the gist is to bring in some unusual, affordable pieces that younger gardeners could afford to opt into.
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Don’t Take It Personally
Amanda Thomsen
You’re so much more than just what you do. So who are you?
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