About Utah Garden Blogs

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Cynthia Bee

Utah Garden Blogs was formed because I (Cynthia) was really frustrated trying to find LOCAL and Regional garden blogs to read/follow.  Unlike crafts, interior design or construction projects, gardening information varies wildly from region to region.  While it’s interesting and inspiring to read about gardening in the Southern US or California or even internationally, it may not be particularly HELPFUL to those wanting to learn about how to do it in OUR climate.  My intent is to provide practical information and recommendations to gardeners in the Intermountain West with a specific emphasis on Utah.  Unlike many gardening blogs, this blog is intended for both those who garden for fun and those who landscape out of necessity.  Whether you like being out there or not, if you have a landscape to take care of, I’d like to help you learn to manage it better.

Gardening is one of those things where education cannot replace experience.  One of the most rewarding parts of this process is that you can never learn or know it all– there’s always something new!  This blog has been dormant for a few years while I blogged elsewhere but I’m feeling the itch to write again.  I’ve learned so much over the past few years teaching hundreds of homeowners how to DIY that I am eager to share what all of you have taught me!  You’ve challenged my ideas and perceptions in a way that few designers experience.  As a result, I’ve been inspired to rethink the standard design approach and find ways to make do-it-yourself design easier. I’ve learned to share design in a more accessible way and promise to make this blog about gardening and landscaping for REAL people.  The best designs solve complex problems simply and that is the goal of the newly- re-activated blog. Whew!

About Me:

Cynthia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture with a Minor in Horticulture from Utah State University.  She worked on regional parks and trails projects in Utah and Oregon in her “Pre-Mom” life when she and her husband, Greg, were “DINKS” (dual income, no kids).  After having 3 kids in 3 years, everything changed!  In the intervening years, she shifted focus to a work-from-home career in residential design and consulting.  Cynthia has enjoyed designing landscapes ranging from multi-million dollar estates all the way down to the postage stamp yard of a mobile home! For the past few years, Cynthia has worked for a local conservation-based botanical garden.  In teaching homeowners how to achieve great results with do-it-yourself design, she’s found her calling!

Cynthia teaches (usually) free classes up and down the Wasatch Front and is an ocassional contributor to several local lifestyle television shows (see media).  Additionally, she writes garden-related articles for the “Spaces” section in the Salt Lake Tribune, blogs for Conservation Garden Park and is a guest contributor to several home, DIY and food blogs.  Cynthia founded and managed a local Home & Garden Club for several years. Finally, she is a frequent speaker at local and regional events relating to both gardening and social media. This blog is the place where she can express her own uncensored opinon on all things home and garden. 

The LEGAL version of the above:

Disclosure Policy:

This policy is valid from 02 March 2011

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by Cynthia Bee. Posts from other authors are occasionally included and are noted as such. Any opinions contained within this blog are solely the responsibility of the author and may not reflect the opinion of all who contribute, of clients, or employers. For questions about this blog, please use the form provided on the contact page.

Advice rendered is given freely and with good intent.  We attempt to ensure the content is accurate but we are not responsible for inaccuracies or how the advice is acted upon by the reader, use at your own risk.

The owner(s) of this blog do not receive compensation in any way from this blog. This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. We write for our own purposes. However, we may be influenced by our background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.

The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. We are not paid to endose any company or product, any endorsement given is because we have first hand experience with a product or company and genuinely approve of it.

It is possible that we will occasionally review products or businesses of local interest.  We do not seek compensation for this.  We cannot, however, say that we would never accept free products, services or compensation.  This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. Should we chose to accept some form of compensation in the future, it may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content. We value our online integrity.

The owner(s) of this blog would like to disclose the following existing relationships. These are companies, organizations or individuals that may have a significant impact on the content of this blog. However, while affliation with these organizations my impact our personal perspectives, the opinions expressed here are NOT to be construed as the opinion of the organizations below.  We leave them to independently express their own positions etc.

We serve on the following corporate or non profit boards: Conservation Garden Park, owned by the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District.

We have a financial interest in the following that may be relevant to our blogging: Design Resource.

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