With a career spanning more than 25 years, Troy Marden is a true Renaissance man in the world of horticulture and design. An award-winning garden and floral designer with a passion for plants, Troy’s career began as a teenager working in a retail nursery and garden center near his hometown in north central Kansas. His college years found him focusing heavily on greenhouse management and production, eventually leading to internships at two of the country’s most esteemed public gardens, Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia and the world-renowned Longwood Gardens—a former DuPont estate—in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
For the past 20 years, Troy has called Nashville home and has continued to grow his business and his brand by venturing into the worlds of garden and floral design, special events, garden photography, writing, public speaking and television. He is watched each week by tens of thousands of viewers across the state of Tennessee on Nashville Public Television’s hit gardening show Volunteer Gardener and his gardens, floral design, writing and photography have appeared in both regional and national gardening magazines, including Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Southern Living, and Tennessee Gardener among others. Troy’s one-of-a-kind floral creations have appeared at many of Nashville’s premier fundraisers and special events and have been featured in special shows at both the New York and Chicago Botanical Gardens. He is a popular lecturer, known for his engaging style and his ability to connect with gardeners of every skill level and he has addressed groups on the topic of gardening from Boston to Portland and from Montreal to Miami.
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Always looking for new opportunities, he leads garden tours both at home and abroad, the first of which was to the hill towns and gardens of Tuscany and Lake Maggiore, Italy in May 2013. Subscribe to Troy’s recently updated blog, Gardener Cook, where he combines his passion for gardening with his love of great food from around the world and be sure to check back often. There’s no telling what he might be up to next!
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