Who We Are
Through the 1980s, I was the Garden Editor at Mother Earth News magazine. Each year, I told people how to prune their raspberries, plant their bulbs, and test their soil . . . great and valuable information we all need. After a while, though, I began to feel that I was neglecting the joys, the feelings, the experiences—the heart and soul of gardening. That’s why, in 1990, I started GreenPrints. Not to instruct. Not to preach. But to share.
GreenPrints is as Mom-and-Pop as it gets . . . certainly in the publishing business. It’s basically a two-person operation. Becky Stone (right) takes care of the subscribers and Pat Stone (me, on the left) takes care of the rest. Since 1990, the magazine has been published out of our creekside home office outside Asheville, North Carolina . . . even though it has thousands of loyal subscribers in every state and most continents.
Becky and I both love the human connection gardening brings, and we both love sharing stories. Indeed, we both do professional storytelling on the side. Becky does a wide array of African-American and folks tales (quite well-known locally, she’s now performing nationally), and I share garden stories in performance to garden groups all over.
For 25 years, we put much of our energy into raising our four wonderful children. We put them to work on mailings, too (that’s the family mailing GP#7 in 1991, at left). Now they’re all out of the nest, and some of them have started families of their own, making us proud Poppa and Nana.
Oh, and our own garden? Becky works much harder in it than I. I’m too likely to sneak off and go canoeing on our beautiful Western North Carolina rivers.
One thing for certain, GreenPrints has been a huge blessing to me and our family. It’s a joy to create a magazine of such heart, humor, and warmth. And I am continually honored and blessed by the gracious and caring thanks sent to us by grateful readers. Thanks to each and every one.