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Biography | C.L. Fornari

C.L. Fornari, Vice President

The Garden Lady
Sandwich, MA


C.L. is a creative gardening expert (aka plant geek) who transitioned from artist to garden communicator in 1995. She is the author of eight books including her latest, Sand and Soil ~ Creating Beautiful Gardens on Cape Cod and the Islands, published by David R. Godine Inc.

C.L. is the host GardenLine, heard on WXTK, and co-host of Plantrama, a podcast produced by Zachos and Fornari. She speaks to audiences at horticultural trade shows, garden clubs, botanical gardens, master gardener symposiums, alumni/women's groups, and neighborhood associations. In addition to speaking, radio, and writing, C.L. blogs and runs a consultation service for Hyannis Country Garden, an independent garden center on Cape Cod.

In 2018 the Plantrama podcast won a silver award from GardenComm, and 2017 her book The Cocktail Hour Garden won awards from ASJA and GardenComm (formerly GWA). She also won a GardenComm award in 2017 for writing on her website. In 2012, C.L. was awarded the Garden Communicator Of The Year from the Perennial Plant Association and in 2013 won three awards from the Garden Writers Association. In 2015 C.L. launched the first annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, a ten-day regional celebration of open gardens. In its third year, 2017, the Hydrangea Festival over $43,000.00 for local non-profits.

C.L. loves children, cooking, and dogs. She says that you can never go wrong with the color purple, and her not-so-secret mission is to put horticulture back into popular culture. In the meantime, she grows multitudes of plants on Poison Ivy Acres on Cape Cod.


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