Erica At Ravenna

Erica Browne Grivas

location-pin Seattle, Washington

School: Mount Holyoke College

Expertise: Gardening, outdoor lifestyle

Erica Browne Grivas

  • Trained in landscape design at The New York Botanical Garden
  • Advising customers and tending plants at a popular Seattle nursery, 8 years
  • Journalist for over 15 years. Contributor to the Seattle Times, Horticulture, GardenRant, Pacific Horticulture, and Digger Magazine
  • Garden columnist for several Washington papers, 3 years
  • Content consultant for Pacific Horticulture, 2 years
  • Director for the Western Region of Garden Communicators International, 3 years
  • Awarded Silver and Gold Medals of excellence from Garden Communicators International for lifestyle features and column writing
  • Blogging at "In the Details", 10 years
  • Editor, Seattle Greenlaker, news blog, 3 years
  • Featured in Cultivating Words - The Guide to Writing about the Plants and Gardens You Love, Paula Panich
  • Quoted in The Healthy Garden: Simple Steps for a Greener World, Mary-Kate Mackey, Kathleen Norris Brenzel
  •  Public relations, education, The New York Botanical Garden, 3 years
  • Previously worked as a reporter for the New York Post, and as a story coordinator/associate producer for Inside Edition


A longtime journalist and avid gardener, Erica Browne Grivas' writing explores the interplay of humans and nature. In addition to Birds & Blooms, she writes for the Seattle Times, Horticulture, GardenRant, Pacific Horticulture and Digger Magazine, as well as contributing two columns for local Washington newspapers on gardening and health and wellness. She is a content consultant for Pacific Horticulture, aiding with website language, overall content, and video production. She represented garden media nationally as a director of Garden Communicators International and was awarded Silver and Gold medals of excellence for her garden features and columns. She has studied landscape design and worked in nurseries on two coasts. Before turning her attention to gardening, she started in journalism, writing for the New York Post and then working in television production at Inside Edition. She loves sharing accurate, inspiring information to help people experience the joy of engaging with nature.


Bachelor's degree in history from Mount Holyoke College

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