A lifelong gardener, Don was born and raised in Lisbon, N.D. and graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Horticulture. Following graduation, he was employed with NDSU’s Experiment Station in Fruit and Vegetable Research and Woody Plant Improvement, and with Extension as Associate State Horticulturist. He and his wife, Mary, then owned and operated a retail garden center in south Fargo for 25 years. Don is currently NDSU Extension's Horticulturist for Cass County, N.D., the garden columnist with Forum Communications, and host of WDAY’s Lawn and Garden Radio during the growing season. He’s a frequent presenter of gardening programs and seminars. Don and Mary, reside in south Fargo. Readers can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.