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C.L. Fornari in the gardenRegular speaker to garden clubs, landscaping trade shows, civic associations, horticultural societies, spring flower shows, green industry conferences and other groups including Garden Federation of America local and district meetings, corporate and alumni gatherings.

Lectures and classes presented at the New York Horticultural Society, NYC, and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Boston, MA.

Recent speaker at New England Grows, The Rhode Island Nursery and Landscaping Association, Landscape Ontario, and several Master Gardener Symposiums.


Author of: Coffee for Roses, published by St. Lynn’s Press;  A Garden Lover’s Martha’s Vineyard and A Garden Lover’s Cape Cod, published by Commonwealth Editions; The Cape Cod Garden and Your Garden Shouldn’t Make You Crazy , published by Parnassus Imprints; Gardening in Sandy Soils, published by Storey Publications; and A Garden Wedding published by Paraphyses Press.  For many years she was a monthly columnist for Prime Time Magazine, published by The Cape Cod Times and for Angie’s List Magazine.  C.L.’s gardening articles have appeared in a variety of publications including: The Traditional Gardener, Cape Cod Life, Cape Cod Home, The Barnstable Patriot, American Nurseryman Magazine, and


Photos published in American Nurseryman Magazine, Prime Time Magazine, Cape Cod Life, Cape Cod Home and A Garden Lover’s Cape Cod, published by Commonwealth Editions 2007 and A Garden Lover’s Martha’s Vineyard published by Commonwealth Editions 2008.

Pansies in a CanTelevision & Radio

Currently the host of GardenLine – a call-in talk-radio program on WXTK 95.1FM every Saturday morning starting at 8 AM, and The Garden Lady on WRKO 680 AM every Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3 PM Eastern Time.

Heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, hosted by Linda Wertheimer, July 6th 2014.

A contributor to The Cultivated Gardener, an hour-long gardening program broadcast on NPR stations nation-wide, from Oct. 1999 – Sept. 2000.

Frequent host and/or producer of ” Cape Cod Gardening” seen on Channel 17, Cape Cod, MA.


Free-lance garden consultant providing help with garden design, problem-solving, plant selection, and insect and disease concerns. Focus on low-maintenance landscaping and least-toxic solutions to problems.

C.L. in the gardenGardener

Life-long grower of flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees (i.e. Out-of-Control Plant Person) and volunteer master gardener with the Barnstable Cooperative Extension Service since 1994. Employee at Hyannis Country Garden, Hyannis, MA, an independent garden center on Cape Cod, where duties include writing, photography, running the consulting service and event planning.


University of Wisconsin, major in Art, 1968-71


Perennial Plant Association, OFA, MNLA, The Garden Writers of America, and a Professional member of The National Speakers Association.


CL Fornari, PO Box 355, Osterville, MA 02655 USA
Telephone: 508-428-5895

Yes, everyone calls me C.L.

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