Title: Horticulture Contributing Writer
Education: Portland State University, California State University Stanislaus
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Expertise: Permaculture, Horticulture, Sustainability, Gardening, Houseplants, Organic gardening

Derek Carwood, originally from a small farming community, has been involved in horticulture for 30+ years. Derek founded Greenwood Horticulture in January 2021 where he focuses on education, consultation, and sustainable garden designs.


  • 30+ years of experience in horticulture
  • Has worked in 7 countries
  • Contributing writer for multiple national gardening magazines
  • Former Curator at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa


Derek Carwood has been involved in horticulture for over 30 years and has experience working throughout the US and abroad. A native of Northern California and Midwest transplant, his botanical interests have included growing everything from tropicals to xerophytes, prairie natives to coastal cliff dwellers. Derek's passion for sustainable solutions imbues every aspect of his work.


Derek Carwood holds a bachelor's degree in environmental sciences from California State University Stanislaus and a master's degree from Portland State University. As a former Peace Corps Volunteer in South America and repeat volunteer with multiple programs for USAID, Derek has many years of experience in the field.

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