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Tracy DiSabato-Aust
Author & Speaker
Free-lance Communicator
Sunbury, Ohio

B.Sc. - The Ohio State University, 1981
Area of emphasis: Horticulture & Ag. Education

M.Sc. - The Ohio State University, 1987
Area of emphasis: Horticulture


"It is important to work directly with plants and see how they respond and grow. Combining the physical work with the public aspects of my career gives me a deep, unique sense of satisfaction. I love the diversity of design work and writing, photography and lecturing. So, I am not out every day installing annuals - I do this, but it is not all I do."

"I see a great demand in our industry for specialized design work. People do not want the "same old same old." They want to be unique - not just like their neighbors. I see more and more people learning about horticulture, so we are working with a savvier public . . . which is exciting because they understand what we have to offer. People are willing to pay to have very nice things, and we need to be there to provide this service for them."

"I love to work with people, to educate people, and am doing this on a large scale," says the author of two popular gardening books, The Well-Mixed Perennial Garden and The Well-Tended Perennial Garden. "I have always enjoyed writing, but had no idea I would be this involved. It is probably the most rewarding thing of my career. Once the books are out, it is very exciting!"

"Having a career in horticulture is a blessing. It is a gift that has been given to me, and I am grateful for what I can give to others. There is nothing more rewarding than to be in the garden and watch it develop and to create something beautiful from a blank canvas," says DiSabato-Aust. She advises others to be passionate and dedicated. "I have found that, if you do what you love, and you do it well, you will be paid well for it. When you have a passion and work hard, opportunities will open themselves to you. Your ideal career evolves. "

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