Benjamin Whitacre Benjamin Whitacre is a freelance garden writer who distils personal experiments, archival research, and scientific literature into entertaining, actionable articles for home gardeners. He completed graduate studies in plant biology, education, and writing at Harvard University. His favorite project during graduate school was a year-long investigation into the history of roses using uncited archival material from Harvard and the UK. In addition to BHG, Ben also contributes to garden publications like Mother Earth News and The American Gardener. About Better Homes & Gardens Better Homes & Gardens, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is the only iconic home brand with a 100+ year history of providing trustworthy and achievable ideas for all doers and home-enthusiasts. We are the go-to resource for fresh takes on home, food, and gardening—inspiring people to bring their dreams to life at home on special occasions and every day. BHG reaches 45 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial process.