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Deb Wiley

location-pin Des Moines, Iowa

School: Luther College

Expertise: Gardening

Deb Wiley

Writer, editor and creative project manager for books, magazines, newspapers, and online articles, specializing in garden content. Polk County (Iowa) Master Gardener, Iowa State University. Skills include in-depth interviewing, editing, hiring and managing freelancers, photography, art direction. Content editing for self-published authors, including five books of garden essays by Carol Michel; Faerie Habitat by Alice Anne Calhoun; Conversation Gardens by Lynn McGrane Kuhn, and other unpublished manuscripts. Magazine clients: Birds & Blooms, Country Woman, Container Gardens, Flea Market Outdoors, Real Gardens, Country Decorating Ideas, Vintage Style, Flea Market Gardens, Iowa Gardener, The Iowan, Small Gardens, ia, Country Style Gardens, Gardening How-To, Cabin Life Book editing and photography management projects include:
  • Ghost writing the encyclopedia for an award-winning garden book, 2019
  • Perennials and Gardening Essentials for North American Media Group
  • Better Homes and Gardens Quick Color Gardening book, 2012
  • Better Homes and Gardens Orchid Gardening, 2011.
  • Project editor, art direction and photography coordination for Better Homes and Gardens Water Gardens, 2011, BHG Trees and Shrubs, and Better Homes and Gardens Rose Gardening, 2010
Online content producer for Reporting for Bloomberg News. Other clients: The American Gardener; Lowe’s; Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications, DSM magazine; Cornell College; Zelenka Nursery; Proven Winners; Bailey Nurseries and Meredith Integrated Marketing clients Century 21, Publix, Juicy Juice (online), Lowe’s (online) Garden editor, Midwest Living magazine 1997-2008. Awards
  • Winner, 2008 Silver Award, magazine writing, Garden Communicators International, formerly GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators.
Community Service
  • Boards of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, The Brenton Arboretum
  • Affiliate member: Des Moines Founders Garden Club (Garden Club of America)
  • Fellow of GardenComm, formerly known as GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators, 2017
  • Judge for American Horticulture Society's annual book awards 2016-20
  • Past chair and frequent judge for Garden Communicators International's Media Awards program.
Specialties Writing, editing, creative project management, photography and art direction specializing in horticulture and gardens, travel, food, and the Midwest.


Deb Wiley, a fellow of Garden Communicators International, is a writer and editor who specializes in gardens. Her wooded backyard in Des Moines, Iowa, is fenced against hungry hordes of urban deer.


Luther College, bachelor of arts in English and History

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