Well, an intriguing press release showed up yesterday at GardenRant headquarters about Timber Press's pick of Andrew Beckman to lead their editorial team. (Friend of Rant Tom Fischer will be working with Andrew as acquiring editor.)
Now about who Andrew IS. You don't have to be a garden-publishing insider to recognize names like Martha Stewart – he was her uber-gardening editor and actually her gardener, too. His duties have spanned various media, too – co-hosting Martha's radio show and contributing to her blog, et cetera, et cetera. All while working in New York's Hudson Valley as a landscape architect and running Loomis Creek Nursery with partner Bob Hyland. (Here's a bit more about Andrew.)
I chatted with Andrew just now, hoping for a tip-off about what new direction he'll be taking Timber in but really, it's probably a year too soon to ask that and expect an answer. Or about an even more interesting subject to me – what changes we'll be seeing at Timber in their use of new and social media. (Remember the recent video the staff did at our prodding? Okay, we like these people.)
But Andrew DID answer, definitively, my question about whether they'd be starting a new nursery in Portland, Oregon, where they'll be moving for Andrew's new job. "NO." So, where Bob will be using his considerable horticultural talents is yet to be discovered.
You'll also learn from their website that their philosophy is to "push gardening boundaries" using an "artful and ecologically sound approach" with "adventurous gardeners" – love it! As the newest arrivals on Portland's horticultural scene, I bet they'll fit right in.