Derek Carwood Author's Facebook Author's Instagram Author's Website 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.Highlights30+ years of experience in horticultureHas worked in 7 countriesContributing writer for multiple national gardening magazinesFormer Curator at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa Experience 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. Education 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. 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.