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Garden Advisory Board

We are honored to have some wonderful support from our advisory board, which includes:

  • Trisha Cole
  • Michael Costa
  • Linda Hayes
  • David LaFontaine
  • Melanie Waldman

Trisha Cole Print E-mail
For Trisha it has been a long time since she's been in gardening mode. Her family moved to the country, or what felt like the country when she was seven. Fallbrook, once known as the avocado capital, seemed like a promising place to live off the land, which it was where the avocados were concerned but backyard gardening never really took. There were a couple post-college summers of tomato plants and basil in random apartments but nothing significant to report on the gardening front, until now (hopefully).  Trisha's career evolved from schoolteacher, to editor at Bon Appetit magazine, to almost a decade now as a publicist for great restaurants and hotels. At some point during her days in the classroom she woke up and realized she had a passion for food and wine and travel that she needed to indulge and has been doing so ever since. Trisha is about to embark on a new gardening project and hoping to involve her daughter and soon-to-be-born new babe in the endeavor. Seems like a better way to spend time than figuring out what to do with plastic toys and luckily 2 1/2 year old Faye seems to agree.  A homeowner with dirt begging to be played in and challenges actually making it to the Farmer's Market on weekends, Trisha is ready to seize the day and feed her family at the same time.
Michael Costa Print E-mail

Michael CostaAfter spending more than five years jumping from city to city as a TV news reporter in the 1990s, journalist Michael Costa steered his career toward the kitchen. He returned to his hometown of Chicago, attending culinary school at night while working in the kitchen of a large downtown hotel during the day.

Today he combines all of his experience as Industry Relations Editor at Hotel F&B magazine. As locally sourced food becomes a permanent expectation for diners, Michael has noticed hotel chefs everywhere are responding with onsite gardens to supply their menus, even in urban and not-so-sunny locations.

Linda Hayes Print E-mail
Linda HayesAt 8,500 feet, the back”yard” of Linda’s mountaintop house near Aspen, Colorado, is tended largely by Mother Nature. Come springtime, a wildflower garden of lupine, paintbrush, columbine, sunflowers, prairie phlox and other beauties bursts with color against a palette of sagebrush and scrub oak.

With a 500-foot well the primary source of irrigation and a non-stop travel schedule, Linda’s home gardening projects tend toward flowerpots planted with whatever local wildlife -- deer, bunnies and, especially, chipmunks –- don’t snack on. (Geraniums, anyone?) Mint sprouting around an outdoor pump provides much pleasure, especially at cocktail time.

Beyond that, Linda turns to a crop of close friends who tend a fine collection of vegetable gardens, planters and greenhouses, most of which have the advantage of river-, or creek-side, settings and all of which outgrow their owners’ abilities to consume. Recipes are shared and dinners are plentiful.

Linda is food editor for Stratos (a luxury lifestyle magazine for private jets), travel editor for Mountain Living and contributes to SKI, LUXE, ASPEN Magazine and others. She lives with her husband, Kelly J. Hayes ("spotter" for NBC's Sunday Night Football and writer of WineInk), a big black Lab named Vino and a sourdough starter named Rosemary.
Melanie Waldman Print E-mail

Melanie WaldmanWhen she's not creating art or traipsing around the world, sculptor and travel blogger Melanie Waldman is out in the garden, tending to her beloved perennials in the shade and sun.

There are five tenets to her gardening philosophy:

  • Perennials are gifts that keep on giving.  
  • If it doesn't grow there, move it.
  • There is strength in death (when the subject is aphids and snails).
  • Enjoying your garden is every bit as important as weeding your garden.
  • Pruning has the power to soothe what ails your plants...and you.

She feels fortunate to have a husband who doesn’t mind cleaning the pond, a cat who loves to hang out in the ferns, and a dog who doesn’t dig.

Melanie runs a few web sites of her own, including:

Our gardens in LA:

Travels With Two:

Artwork Website :


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