Growing with Plants is blog about gardening, plant collecting and anything which combines art, design excellence and the botanic experience. That said, it's my personal belief that a blog should remain honest and non commercial, therefore:

In an effort to keep my blog more authentic, honest and free from the over exploitation I've decided as of January 1st 2015 to change how I partner with companies and deal with advertising and businesses.

I will no longer:

• Accept advertising or placement ad's from businesses or ad networks
• Accept Sponsored posts
• Accept product or brands to review as a sponsored post

I will gladly continue to:

•  Accept books for honest reviews - but expect honesty, good or not brutally bad
•  Design and post ads for horticultural institutions, botanic gardens and plant societies 
   which I am personally involved in, or believe in for free.
• Accept product, seeds or plants gratis, but only for honest reviews not sponsored posts.

If you are interested in working with me, I would like to:

• Test plants
• Design my own branded containers and plant combinations
• Curate collections of plants for businesses
• Curate products 
• Write and design special projects

I do not, nor ever have:

• Accept guest posts 

This site has in the past accepted payments and/or products and earns income or not from one or more of the below methods at any given time:


AFFILIATE PROGRAMS – I currently do not participate in the Amazon Associates Program. If I do decide to participate, any purchases made through these affiliate links would pay out a small referral fee, but at this time, I am not interested and prefer to keep the visual design of my blog, more curated and clean. I have tried some very highly recommended affiliate programs, but as nice as the folk who run these agencies are, I don't think that my monthly number are currently worth advertising, or at least 

ADVERTIZING NETWORKS – I currently am not a member any cooperative ad networks such as Google Adsense or Sovrn. I've tried ad networks, but feel that they are not right for me or my audience right now.


REVIEW AND TEST PLANTS and PLANT MATERIAL - I am often asked to test plants, seeds or bulbs, both in my greenhouse, or in my garden. I raise vegetables, perennials, annuals, woody plants, alpines, orchids and particularly, bulbs –both tender and hardy.  I am rather competent in raising many types of plants, and in raising difficult seeds through maturity. I often document many parts of any growing process/project, and I welcome the most extreme challenge in raising most any plant, be it a rare orchid, or an heirloom fig.

Always ask me first, and then we can schedule a project, as I take these tests seriously, and I can only handle a few each season due to time constraints. Sometimes, there is a fee, othertimes, not – it all depends on the product, the relative value, and the amount of involvement I will have.

I write very honest and fair reviews. Most plant reviews will take time, often as long as an entire growing season, but the end result is always well documented, with photos and results.  I prefer negotiate suggested posts in advance ( since certain plants may need 2 or 3 reviews throughout the growing season - plus a follow-up in the following year). Bulbous plants and container plants may require a longer planning period - but the results can be impressive, and highly effective. Remember, I am both a designer and an awesome plantsman (grower). 

Whenever I write about a book or product on this site, know that the opinions expressed are always mine. My positive opinion cannot be bought for any price.

If you are interested in any of the above, ask me for my Media and Partnership kit, and I will email it to you. I am always willing to discuss interesting, disruptive or innovative ideas no matter what they are.

I do write for eHow, and I am willing to consider other writing opportunities in the future.

Thanks for reading!

Matt Mattus
Updated 01/15


  1. First, I LOVE GETTING YOUR EMAILS about gardening, they are so inspiring and informative. BUT because the photos were so great, I had to find out what you do! So that makes it even more great, because I'm in the same business. But THEN to find out you work for Hasbro is icing on the cake: My local area, South Walton, has just created a Monopoly Game with the South Walton theme, so it has made this whole experience even closer! Keep up the great work, an avid fan! (sorry for three submissions - this 'prove I'm not a robot' is heckling me)

  2. Dear Matt,

    We would like to send you free sample of our product. What address can we send the item? Unfortunately, we can't send to PO Boxes.

    Dina Anggraeni
    Teak Closeouts

  3. Anonymous11:40 AM

    Hi Matt,
    There has been some email chatter in APS on the naming of Primula cultivars which is a bit random at the moment. A proposal is to set up a group between APS, NARGS and NAPS in UK to oversee registration of cultivar names to International standards. Could you bring this to NARGS attention to see whether they could support this effort; I believe NARGS AGM is the week following APS AGM in May.
    Alan Lawrence

  4. Product Launch on now.

    If there is any way for you to help promote our Product Launch we would greatly appreciate it. If you have any questions the best way is through e-mail. Thank-you for your time and consideration.

  5. Hello Matt,
    Quite frankly, I need to take a nap after reading about your many adventures, but interesting and creative they are!~ I've read quite a bit about plants on your site, but nothing about how to water those plants, which is what I'd like to talk to you about. The system in mind is old, (as in thousands of years old), relevant, and in our changing climate, necessary. Are you familiar with clay pot irrigation?
    Can we talk?
    Mary Kathryn

  6. Anonymous11:33 AM

    Hi Matt,
    I've just discovered your blog, Fantastic! I garden on 3 acres on Whidbey island (off the coast of Seattle.) Prior to reading your posts, I had no idea that I must have malmaison carnations (I ordered Duchess of Westminster) buddleia asiatica (ordered) and Citron etrog (ordered also from Logee's) As I go back and read older posts I know they will inspire more interests. ( oh oh ;-) Thank you for your energy and expertise! Cheers, Albert

  7. Anonymous5:41 AM

    I too have had an interest in Malmaison carnations, but mine is mere curiosity at this stage, so I read your latest blog with interest. I seem to recall something on one of the BBC programmes from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show about these rare blooms. My own quick look at the internet revealed the following - link to page below:

    Look forward to reading more. C

  8. I wish to talk to you. I love your blog. I'm a serious gardener and a flower arranger, started a non-profit organization Makiko Floral Design Garden Club in 2009. I've been in Southern California for 20 years, but I decided to settle down to Litchfield, CT.

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