About Teresa Woodard
Teresa Woodard is a freelance writer, landscape consultant and community advocate. She contributes feature stories to regional and national magazines, including Better Homes & Gardens, Country Gardens, Midwest Living, Living the Country Life, Ohio Magazine, Columbus Monthly and Edible Columbus. She was awarded the 2016 Gold Award for Magazine Writing by GWA: The Association of Garden Communicators for her story, "Honey Harvest," for Country Gardens Magazine (Fall 2015) and the 2018 Silver Award for Magazine Writing for "A Cut Above" for Country Gardens Magazine and the 2019 Silver Award for Magazine Writing for "Harvesting Hope" for Ohio Magazine. She is a judge with America in Bloom, a national competition in which communities compete in the areas of floral displays, landscaped areas, urban forestry, environmental awareness, heritage preservation, overall impression and community involvement. In 2018, she joined the board of Highland Youth Garden, one of the country's top community youth gardens serving 350 youth in an urban food desert near downtown Columbus. She also blogs at Heartland-Gardening with two other garden writers -- Michael Leach and Debra Knapke. The trio recently published a blog book, "Heartland Gardening: A Celebration of Seasons."
She is a graduate of Indiana University's Ernie Pyle School of Journalism where she studied feature writing, editing and photography. She is a member of Garden Writers Association and graduate of The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardeners' training program and was named Outstanding Master Gardener at the 2015 state conference. She served as the editor of the Ohio Master Gardener Volunteer Training Manual published in 2017. Prior to freelance writing, she gained 12 years experience in public relations and marketing, including account management for an award-winning PR firm, marketing for the North American operations of an international packaging company, and adjunct faculty for PR and marketing courses for a community college.
Beyond writing and producing feature stories, Teresa enjoys gardening in her backyard, hiking with her German short-haired pointer, cooking with local ingredients, crafting and exploring new places.
If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write. -- Martin Luther