Garden Experts

Meet our team of garden experts who will personally be answering your gardening questions.

Eric Liskey

Eric Liskey is deputy editor of gardens and outdoor living for Better Homes and Gardens® magazine. Eric was a nature lover before he got into gardening -- and and still is. Once he got to college, Eric decided a horticulture degree would be more practical than a botany degree. And he was right -- he eventually earned a botany degree in addition to one in horticulture. And hasn't worked as a botanist since! He's worked in various green industries -- commercial gardening and lawn care, retail nurseries, public parks -- but eventually landed in garden magazine publishing, which he's done for 15 years. He learned gardening in his native California, adapting to Midwestern life with only minor "horti-culture" shock.

Jane Austin McKeon

Jane Austin McKeon is senior associate editor of Better Homes and Gardens® magazine. Jane grew up in Iowa as the nature-loving daughter of two gardeners who mentored her to love and preserve native flowers and fauna. She got her start in the magazine business as an editorial intern for Better Homes and Gardens ® magazine while studying journalism at Iowa State University. That summer job grew into a lifelong passion of promoting gardening and the natural world. She believes that gardeners can make this world a better place, one backyard at a time. Jane lives and gardens in Des Moines with her husband, four children, a rambunctious dog, and three curious cats.

James A. Baggett

James A. Baggett has been a garden editor and writer for more than 15 years. James now edits Country Gardens® magazine after serving as editor of PerennialsTM and the founding editor of Nature's GardenTM magazines, both Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications. James also is the former executive editor of Country Living Gardener and Rebecca's Garden magazines. He is the author of Flower Arranging, a Best of Martha Stewart Living Book (Oxmoor House) and the former garden editor of American Homestyle & Gardening. James recently relocated with his good dog Scout from New York City -- where he tended a 10x20-foot garden behind an 1850 brownstone -- to Des Moines, where the lawn in front of his Arts & Crafts bungalow is slowly being replaced with flowerbeds.

Justin W. Hancock

Justin W. Hancock is the garden editor for He is a plant lover to the core. His home garden, though only quarter acre, is packed with more than 2,000 varieties of plants. Some of his favorites are bleeding hearts, perennial geraniums, passionflowers, and tropical hibiscus. He even plans his vacations so he can hit garden destinations. Justin is a certified professional horticulturist. He has worked as a Better Homes and Gardens garden editor since 2003.


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