Highlights from the 2015 Garden Bloggers Conference

GBC- kfp-selfie-stickWe are so grateful to our attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors for making our second Garden Bloggers Conference a success!

So many to thank – from Nate Berkus, Bunny Williams, Marcus Sheridan, Shawna Coronado, Lisa Steele, Jan Bills, Linda Ly, Rochelle Greayer, Sara Bendrick, Nick McCullough, Allison McCullough, and Kelly Fitzsimmons just to name a few.

We also want to acknowledge the generous support of:

  • Bonnie Plants for providing 5 new garden bloggers the opportunity to attend the event as part the Conference Scholarship Program and Sponsorship.
  • Proven Winners for sponsoring the 2015 Garden Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame Awards. This year our Hall of Fame winners included Best Overall Blog: Red Dirt Ramblings, Dee Nash; Best Blog Graphics, Photography, and Presentation: Green Thumb White Apron, Brett Youmans; Best Writing: Mother of a Hubbard, Cathy Rehmeyer; and Best New Blog: Redeem Your Ground, Doug and Brittany Scott.
  • The Garden Writers Association and The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) for embracing our event from the very beginning and sharing our vision for the focus of the program.
  • The more than 70 exhibitors and sponsors on our expo floor shared with our sister event Design Bloggers Conference – from ADAC to Vita – who strive to make our lives better and more beautiful.

Garden Blogger Conference After Party EventIf you missed the event we figured that we couldn’t summarize the conference any better than YOU, our attendees, so here you’ll find a collection of the highlights, recaps, new friends, and key takeaways from the conference, along with lots of photos.

Hoping we all meet again next year!

 

 

 

Lisa Steele to Share The Secret of Her Success at the Garden Bloggers Conference

 

lisa-steele-523We can’t wait to hear Lisa reveal how she successfully launched Fresh Eggs Daily, currently the largest online natural chicken keeping resource, during her presentation at the Garden Bloggers Conference. In five short years, her Facebook page has amassed nearly 400,000 likes, and her blog, which she has been writing since the beginning of 2012, was named one of the Top Ten Garden Blogs for 2014 by Better Homes & Gardens magazine. A certified herbalist, Lisa peppers her blog with herbal remedies, tips on growing and using herbs, practical craft projects, recipes using fresh eggs and produce, and homemade products for the coop and home along with her basic natural chicken and duck keeping advice, drawing in more than 375,000 page views a month.

Her blog has more than two dozen corporate sponsors, an Amazon affiliate storefront and Lisa runs an Etsy shop from which she sells rustic, farm-themed goods that she handmakes. In addition to her blog and Facebook page, she is also an active presence on YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

In October 2013, Lisa wrote her first book titled Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens…Naturally (St. Lynn’s Press) which has held the #1 spot on Amazon.com in the Bird Care category for most of the time since its release. She is currently working on a second book. She is also a contributing writer for Hobby Farm magazine, Hobby Farm Chickens magazine, Hobby Farms DucksUrban Farm MagazineHGTVGardens, and Backyard Poultry magazine.

As a true testament to the burgeoning interest in raising backyard flocks as a whole and Lisa’s personal success in the field, she recently recorded a radio show with P. Allen Smith and will be appearing on his television show on PBS as well. She also has appeared on a local NBC-affiliate lifestyle-themed television show. She has been featured in several national magazines here in the US, including Southern Living and Good Housekeeping, as well as publications as far away as Great Britain and New Zealand.

Lisa’s plans for 2015 include Fresh Eggs Daily-branded products in conjunction with several national companies and appearances on national television, along with growing her brand and presence online by continuing to provide relevant and high-quality content and information on both Facebook and her blog, as well as expanding her scope to include more duck-related projects. Her 2014 gross income reached six figures.