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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

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When You Wish Upon a Bus Tour
Amanda Thomsen
… as a highly creative person, the attention to detail and design of a space that not only accommodates the masses, but aims to delight all five senses, just tickles me.
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Strike Up the Band, the Millennials are Here!
Amanda Thomsen
They want to do right by the patch of Earth they just bought.
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10 Ways to Draw Kids into IGCs (and Keep Them Busy)
Amanda Thomsen
Happy kids make not-crying kids and not-crying kids have parents who aren’t teetering on the edge.
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When It’s Personal
Amanda Thomsen
Don’t take it personally … just joking! It’s as personal as it gets.
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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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