Brian Barth

Brian Barth

Brian Barth has a wealth of experience in the realms of horticulture, environmental stewardship and design. After 15 years of in-the-ground practice as a garden designer and landscape contractor, he has turned his attention to writing and consulting.

Education and Writing Credits

Brian holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Planning and Design from the University of Georgia and is a founding partner of Urban Agriculture, Inc., a full-service planning, design and project management firm. His work covers topics ranging from urban agriculture to environmental ethics and regularly appears in local and national publications, including:


Brian believes he was born with a green thumb, but it wasn't until he was in college that he finally discovered it. Since then, he's planted a garden every year, growing in a diverse range of climatic regions from coastal California to the Deep South, and most recently in the Great Lakes region.

In terms of scale, his experience ranges from tiny urban patio gardens to developing a seven-acre hobby farm. Barth's love of plants is all-encompassing, but he has a particular soft spot for culinary crops.

Green Living

Brian has designed much more than gardens in his years of professional practice. He understands the full spectrum of what it means to live lightly on the earth and all the technologies and lifestyle choices that go with it.

From composting and using green cleaning products in the kitchen to outfitting a home with solar panels and rainwater catchment, Brian has been dedicated to earth stewardship since before it was fashionable.


Immersed in nature since he took his first steps, Brian has spent an impressive number of nights sleeping under the stars in his life. From the backyard of his suburban farm to some truly rugged and remote corners of the world, like the Patagonian Andes, he has ventured solo and lead others on many a memorable outdoor adventure.

Contact Brian Barth

If you'd like to contact Brian about his work, visit him at Brian J.

Most Recent Contributions by Brian Barth

Ageratum: A Guide to Growing and Caring for the Floss Flower

Ageratum, also known as floss flower, is an easy-to-grow summer annual with fluffy purple flowers. It is one of those special plants that wi ... Read More

Cornflowers: Everything You Need to Know

Cornflowers (Centaurea spp.) are small, free-flowering annuals with delightful sky-blue flowers. The cornflower plant is easy to grow by see ... Read More

Heliotrope: Learning How to Grow and Tend to the Tropical Plant

Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens) is a tropical perennial plant grown for its dusky foliage and wonderfully fragrant deep purple flowers ... Read More

What Are the Main Natural and Human Causes of Drought?

Drought is increasingly on the minds of Americans and concerned citizens everywhere. The western United States has experienced periods of ho ... Read More

Yew Trees

From magic to mythology, the Yew tree has impacted the world well beyond its roots in horticulture. In ancient times the small specimen was ... Read More

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