About Me...

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen has been gardening since she could walk. She’s had a career in the garden and landscaping industry since just shortly after that.

Amanda has written at Kissmyaster.com since 2005 and has put in time working for the digital side of both Horticulture and Fine Gardening magazines, as well as Proven Winners.

Currently she has a monthly column at Green Profit magazine which enables her to speak to people in the garden center/nursery industry and help them to have fun at work and hurl themselves at Generations X,Y and Z.

Amanda lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

Her first book, Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard, Totally Tailored to You is a choose-your-won-adventure guide to home landscaping done in a graphic novel style.

Her second book, Backyard Adventure: Get Messy, Get Wet, Build Cool Things, and Have Tons of Wild Fun!  comes out in spring 2019. You can find more info here:

She speaks all over, spreading her enthusiasm for plants and breaking the rules.

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