Title: Garden Expert
Education: Michigan State University
Location: Newnan, Georgia
Expertise: Gardening, annuals, perennials, shrubs, vegetables, herbs

Danielle Ernest is a garden expert with over a decade of experience working in the horticulture industry with giants like Proven Winners, Bonnie Plants, HGTV Plant Collection, Proven Winners Colorchoice Shrubs, Longfield Gardens, and more. She has been writing for and educating the gardening community since 2001.

Danielle’s great-grandfather founded a newspaper in Climax, Michigan, in 1912. When she was younger, Danielle would help her grandparents as they produced the weekly newspaper. She hopes to write her own newspaper column on gardening in the future.


  • Quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and Martha Stewart Radio
  • Recipient of the 40 under 40 GPN Horticulture Industry Achievement Award for her achievements and success in the horticulture industry
  • Work appearing in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, The Designer, DIY Network website, Zone 4 Magazine, Pacific Horticulture Magazine, HGTV Plant Collection Online, and the Proven Winners website


Danielle is a seasoned gardener with experience growing in the Midwest, Northwest, and Southeast. She is the former Public Relations and Brand Development Coordinator for Proven Winners. Her garden writing and photography have been featured in magazines nationwide on the consumer and trade levels.

Her work has been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, The Designer, DIY Network website, Zone 4 Magazine, Pacific Horticulture Magazine, HGTV Plant Collection Online, and Proven Winners website. Danielle's work has also been published in trade channels such as Green Profit, Today's Garden Center, Greenhouse Grower, and NMPro.

She currently owns Flora & Fauna Media. Her clients have included: Bonnie Plants, Longfield Gardens, Ravenna Gardens, Kelly Norris, Christina Salwitz, Jenny Peterson, American Meadows, Jung Seed Co, HGTV Garden Plant Collection, Nectar & Company (Carmen Johnston), St. Lynn's Press, Scripps Network (DIY), Fran Sorin, Cool Springs Press, Shawna Coronado, and Charlie Nardozzi.

A well-respected gardening speaker, Danielle loves to speak on an array of topics, such as the Purpose of Weeds, New & Cool Plants, Basics of Edible Gardening, and so much more. She has been interviewed on Martha Stewart Radio and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune.


Danielle attend Michigan State University in East Lansing. She earned her Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Horticulture & Landscape Design.

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