Rita Pelczar Rita Pelczar is a lifelong gardener and experienced horticulturist. She shares her enthusiasm for growing plants and environmentally responsible practices through teaching, coaching, and extensive writing. She has worked in the field for over 40 years, and has been writing for 30 years. 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.