Eric Liskey is deputy editor of gardens and outdoor living for Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Eric was a nature lover before he got into gardening -- and and still is. Once he got to college, Eric decided a horticulture degree would be more practical than a botany degree. And he was right -- he eventually earned a botany degree in addition to one in horticulture. And hasn't worked as a botanist since! He's worked in various green industries -- commercial gardening and lawn care, retail nurseries, public parks -- but eventually landed in garden magazine publishing, which he's done for 15 years. He learned gardening in his native California, adapting to Midwestern life with only minor "horti-culture" shock.