Her seven non-fiction books and opinionated gardening columns in the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, have gained her a wide audience of fans (and a few hate emails). She is also well-known speaker at events like Canada Blooms and has won several writing awards. Her most recent: Silver Medal for fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2015 for Deer Eyes, Best Book of the Year from the U.S-based Garden Writers’ Association, for The Untamed Garden; and Silver at the Canadian Cookbook Awards in November, 2011, for Incredible Edibles.
She did the watercolour on the cover of Deer Eyes and also paints in acrylics. Her large works are in the City of Toronto’s permanent art collection and she has sold hundreds of small watercolours to private buyers and corporate customers like the Royal Bank.