Experienced Garden Writer, Author, Speaker

Jodi Torpey
Garden writer, author, speaker

“With down-to-earth warmth, Jodi Torpey makes the secrets of gardening accessible to every age and audience. Novice and seasoned gardeners alike can learn from her expertise and be inspired by her passion. Her kindheartedness translates onto the page, through her presentations, and into her personal interactions.”
                   Lindsay Chrisp, Tagawa Gardens, Denver

Jodi’s mission is to help gardeners at all levels get the most from their gardening experience. Her interactive gardening workshops are entertaining and inspiring with research-based information, practical, instantly usable tips and creative ideas for any garden.

Jodi is an award-winning vegetable gardener, master gardener, and founder and editor-in-chief of WesternGardeners.com. She’s a gardening instructor for an international audience through her Craftsy online class and a contributing editor for Fine Gardening Magazine’s vegetable growing website (VegetableGardener.com). Her writing also appears in magazines, newspapers, and home and garden websites. Jodi lives and gardens in Denver, Colo., where she organizes the annual Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign.

Jodi is a popular speaker at gardening conferences and special events like…

Flower and garden shows (Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago)
The Country Living Fair (Rhinebeck, NY)
Mother Earth News Fairs (Seven Springs, PA; Topeka, KS)
Baker Creek Spring Festival (Mansfield, MO)
The Heirloom Expo (Santa Rosa, CA)
Wyoming gardening events (Casper, Cheyenne, Gillette, Sheridan)
Denver’s ProGreen Industry Expo
The Denver Botanic Gardens
Garden clubs, water conservation districts, garden centers, libraries and more

In addition to customized programs, Jodi’s most requested talks include:

How to Grow Prizewinning Produce
Edible Spaces in Small Places
Easy Ways to Foodscape your Landscape
Successful Strategies for Gardening on the Cheap
How to Save Water in the Landscape

Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening


Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening won a silver medal for Best Gardening Book, 2016, GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators.

Featured in The Sunset Garden Book Club, Sunset Magazine (May 2016): “Learn the secrets to growing prizeworthy produce in the new Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening (Storey Publishing). Inspired by trips to the Colorado State Fair, Jodi Torpey talked to county-fair winners to learn their tricks for growing mammoth pumpkins and soldier-straight green beans. Here’s one tip: To grow a massive onion, plant it in a gallon-size container with rich soil and use a tomato cage for support.”





The Denver Post newspaper says “The Colorado Gardener’s Companion is one of the great regional gardening books for inspiration and information.”






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