About Us

The Iowa Gardener newsletter is a joint effort between two writer-editors who are also passionate gardeners, Veronica Lorson Fowler and Benjamin Allen.

Veronica Lorson Fowler is a garden writer and complete garden geek living in Ames. She is the author and editor of a number of gardening books, including Gardening in Iowa,”┬áthe proceeds of which go to Reiman Gardens.

The former editor of Better Homes and Garden’s “Flower Gardening” magazine, she is now a freelance writer and editor who has contributed to a variety of other gardening books and many magazine articles in Better Homes and Gardens, Country Home, Horticulture, Garden Design, and others. She is also a regular contributor to Iowa Gardener Magazine. A graduate of Iowa State University and a Master Gardener, she has lived in Ames for more than 20 years, where she has juggled work and raising three children with tending a sometimes messy but always highly varied garden. To take a virtual tour of Veronica’s garden click here.

Benjamin Allen has been in the publishing industry for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. He writes and edits materials for publication both in print and online primarily on the subjects of home improvement and gardening although he’s been known to venture into food and Iowa culture.

His Craftsman-style home built in 1912 and small lot and garden give him ample opportunities to put his do-it-yourself and gardening skills to good use. He annually grows some giant corn stalks of Yucatecan corn in his garden to make corn tortillas from scratch and first frost always brings on a desperate attempt to save a few green tomatoes to extend that great taste a little further into fall. Ben lives in Des Moines with his wife Marguerite Fitch and two spoiled cats, Manchester and Tiger Lily.

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