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Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff


GreenPrints is as Mom-and-Pop as it gets . . . certainly in the publishing business. It’s basically a two-person operation. Becky Stone (left) takes care of the subscribers (with occasional help from a kind neighbor, Julie Wander) and Pat Stone (me, on the right) takes care of the rest. Since 1990, the magazine has been published out of our home office between a mountain and a creek in Fairview, North Carolina . . . even though it has thousands of loyal subscribers in every state and most continents!

Becky and I both love the warm human connection gardening brings and love sharing stories. Indeed, we both do professional storytelling on the side. Becky does a wide array of African-American and folks tales (she’s quite well-known locally), and I share garden stories in performance to garden groups all over.

Becky doing a children’s show at the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC (with a little help from a friend).

Pat & Becky  preforming

On the side, Becky loves to act as well as teach and direct high-school drama. I love to get out in the woods, hiking local mountains and–most especially–paddling my canoe down whitewater rivers.

Pat (tries) canoeing the Grand Canyon (once!).

Over the last two-and-a-half decades, we put most of our energy in raising our four children, who were great to have around (our old staff page describes them at a younger stage), but now are pretty much out of the nest. I, for one, am still not completely over that.

Oh, and our own garden? Um, uh, cough, let’s just say it’s not especially well-maintained. Oh, well, when the day comes that we settle down . . . !

The GreenPrints Story

The GreenPrints Story

Stone Family 1991

A Family Mailng Session, Spring, 1991

“What about a garden magazine
that doesn’t tell you how to garden?”

By the Editor, Pat Stone


THE TIME: Late fall, 1989.

THE SCENE: Susan Sides and I, carpooling home from work.

THE PROBLEM: Susan was the Gardener and I was the Garden Editor at Mother Earth News magazine, but we both knew that, as the aftershock of an ownership change, those jobs were coming to an end. We wanted to stay in publishing, but, hey, there were already 100 other how-to garden magazines and newsletters in the country. We couldn’t compete with them! Susan and I were feeling pretty stuck. Then just as we rounded the final curve of our town-to-country drive–the curve where valley, farmland, and mountains suddenly open up to view–I got:

THE IDEA: “What if we start a magazine that doesn’t tell how to garden, but covers the personal, human side instead?”

Well, if ever a person had a get-rich-quick brainstorm, this was not it. Practical instruction is the peas-and-pansies of garden writing, and well it should be–we all have plenty more to learn! No, a properly practical mind would have composted my idea but fast. We didn’t.

THE RESULT: Over 20 years later, we’re still publishing GreenPrints, “The Weeder’s Digest”–and having a great time doing it. Susan and her husband, Franklin, provided indispensable help for the first year, then took leave of the enterprise. So these days, GP is a family operation. Well, a Mom-and-Pop operation: Our four children, Nate, Jesse, Sammy, and Tucker, are grown now, so—grin—it’s a little hard to get their help on mailings anymore (above). Becky (my wonderful wife) is the official Circulation Director, which means she handles all the subscription-and-book-and-back-issue orders. (A neighbor, Julie Wander, sometimes helps Becky out.) I, Pat, get to do all the rest. You know, the little stuff like emptying the trash, selling the ads, running all the promotions, keeping the books, and, oh yeah, trying to create a magazine.

Our international corporate headquarters is our home, a passive solar domicile that lies right between a mountain and a creek in lovely Fairview, North Carolina. There, in a cluttered office looking over our garden, “The Weeder’s Digest” comes to life. Stories by gardeners from Florida to Alaska, art from 16 different illustrators, photos, letters, quotes—it all blooms together to form an honest, intimate magazine, a heartfelt dialogue among gardeners and friends. An 80-page quarterly journal that shares the best personal garden writing, old and new, from all over the country.

I cordially invite you to join us. You will discover a hidden gem of the gardening world, created, shared, and enjoyed . . . with love.

P.S. Subscriptions to GreenPrints make Great Gifts for your gardening friends! (Hint, hint.)

Pat & Becky

Pat Stone, Speaker

Pat Stone, Speaker

Get Pat to Speak at Your Next Garden Function!

In a nutshell, I am THE gardening performer/entertainer. I share our country’s funniest and most inspiring garden stories (collected over 20 years from my magazine and Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul, which I coauthored). I even work in a few songs!

My programs are inspirational and hilarious, warm, fun, and moving. A great break from the usual slide and powerpoint fare, my performance is a chance for everyone to get together (at a luncheon, for instance) and have a great time, laughing and sharing the reasons we all garden in the first place. Let’s get together! My performances make a great keynote, summation, or mid-day change of pace. Your group will thank you!

Take a look at some of the glowing recommendations on the three downloadable, linked pages below to learn more about my programs and read some recommendations. You’ll see that garden audiences and I have a wonderful time together. (Indeed, some audiences are so delighted they give me standing ovations . . . and how often do garden speakers get standing ovations?)

If for any reason you can’t read the pages below, please send me an email and I’ll get them to you directly. Give me your address and I’ll even mail you an issue of the magazine to go with them!


Who Is Pat Stone?

Pat Stone Speaking Topics

Some Places Pat Has Spoken

To Contact Pat:

Pat Stone
P.O. Box 1355
Fairview, NC 28730