Horticulturist Jessica Walliser is a co-founder of the popular gardening website SavvyGardening.com where you’ll find her writing about a wide variety of gardening subjects. For 15 years, Jessica co-hosted “The Organic Gardeners”, an award-winning program on KDKA-Radio in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a former contributing editor for Organic Gardening magazine and a regular contributor to many national gardening publications. In addition, Jessica is the Acquisitions Editor for The Quarto Publishing Group’s gardening imprint, Cool Springs Press.
Her two weekly gardening columns for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review were enjoyed by readers for over twelve years. Jessica’s fourth book, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to the Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control, was released by Timber Press in January of 2014 and was awarded the American Horticultural Society Book Award. It will be released in a revised and expanded edition in 2021.
The former owner of a 25-acre organic market farm, Jessica received her degree in ornamental horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University. She’s taught a diverse array of gardening topics for over 25 years and is a former faculty member of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
She is author of the Amazon best-seller Good Bug, Bad Bug: Who’s Who, What They Do, and How to Manage Them Organically, and her newest book, Plant Partners: Science-Based Companion Planting Strategies for the Vegetable Garden, is coming in December of 2020.
Jessica lives and gardens northwest of Pittsburgh with her husband and son, six chickens, two cats, two hermit crabs, and billions and billions of very good bugs.