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Kerry Ann MendezKerry Ann Mendez is an award winning (Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, October, 2014) published author (St. Lynn's Press), speaker in high demand, and designer of national prominence. In 2015 she had scheduled 115 presentations in 17 states. Some of the prestigious sites of her presentations include the U. S. Botanic Gardens, the Chicago Botanic Garden, the New Jersey Botanical Gardens, Tower Hill Botanical Garden (MA), the Philadelphia Flower Show, Springfest Flower and Garden Show (NJ), the Newport Flower Show (RI), the Portland Flower Show (ME), the Capital District Flower Show (NY), the Rhode Island Flower Show, the Vermont Flower Show, and dozens of garden clubs and several horticultural societies (Connecticut, Massachusetts and Long Island) .

Kerry Ann also spoke at the following Master Gardeners conferences in 2015: Purdue Extension Office; University of Rhode Island Extension; University of Illinois Extension; Master Gardeners Conference, Waterford, MI; Master Gardeners Symposium, Dayton, Ohio; International Master Gardeners Conference, Council Bluffs, Iowa; New Jersey Master Gardeners Conference.

Kerry Ann was the keynote speaker for the New Hampshire Federated Garden Clubs state conference (May 27, 2015) and the Maine Federated Garden Clubs state conference (June 17, 2015). Visit the Perennially Yours website for her current schedule of events. For over three hundred 5-star audience evaluations please go to the independent website Great Garden Speakers .com and type in Kerry Ann Mendez.

Her most recent book (now in its third printing), The Right-Size Flower Garden, has been featured in many prestigious publications in major markets with large circulations including The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Denver Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Toronto Star, Arizona Republic and Fairfield Citizen. In all, 40 news publications have reviewed this book to date It has received to date sixty-nine 5-star customer reviews on Amazon. Kerry Ann Mendez is the Regional Director of The Garden Writers Association of America.

Regarding nursery and landscaping professional organizations and green industry events, Kerry Ann has spoken, or is scheduled to speak to, the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course Program; the Professional Landscapers School in Indiana; the West Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association's annual conference; the 2015 annual Perennial Plant Association's Symposium; Pleasant View Gardens 'Grow Day' for landscapers and retail garden centers; New England GROWS; Ohio CENTS trade show; the New Hampshire Landscape Association; the Rochester NY Landscapers Conference; Cultivate 2016; CanWest Horticulture Trade Show (British Columbia, Canada); Walters Garden's Client Appreciation Day; and the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association.

In addition, Kerry Ann has presented at many garden centers and nurseries including Russell's Garden Center (Wayland, MA); Broken Arrow Nursery (Hamden, CT); White Flowers Farm (Litchfield, CT); Faddegon's Nursery (Latham, NY); Ward's Nursery and Garden Center (Great Barrington, MA); Nielsen's Florist and Garden Center (Darien, CT); The Gardener's Center (Darien, CT); Churchill's Garden Center (Exeter, NH); Gardener's Supply Company (Burlington, VT); Behnke Nursery (Beltsville, MD); and Rolling Green Nursery (Greenland, NH). For the past four years Kerry Ann has worked part-time at independent garden centers as a salesperson, garden designer and consultant (Faddegon's Nursery 2012-2013; and Estabrook's Nursery 2014-2015).

The following evaluation was provided by Adam Wheeler, Propagation and Plant Development Manager, at Broken Arrow Nursery (Hamden, CT) following a recent lecture there:

"Kerry Ann Mendez was a vibrant and standout addition to our educational programming at Broken Arrow Nursery. Her passion for great plants and dedication to the craft of gardening met high praise from the capacity crowd and blended perfectly with our unique product mix. Her helpful tips and awesome presentation left us more knowledgeable, and inspired a full cash register by day's end. We look forward to the opportunity to host Kerry Ann again in the future and highly recommend her to other nurseries and garden centers."

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