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WORKING WITH ME




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 2016 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

CHANGE as of April, 2017

Now that I am laid off from Hasbro, I feel more comfortable working with select brands. 

Please feel free to contact me and we can discuss potential partnerships as I restructure my personal ventures.

In addition to working with select brands: 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





PRODUCT REVIEW POLICY

My policy on product review may be a bit different than those of my peers.

I do not accept unsolicited products for review.
I am open to discussing via agent or direct, brands and products which I actually use, or ones which feel that they are a good match.
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Ideally, here is how I prefer to work:

1.     As an Influencer – Naturally, I’m ALL about my readers, and what they want to read about in a blog post from me – I want to provide my audience with real and authentic posts about great brands or products – or even ideas which I just love, already use or ones which I honestly feel are useful.

Really, believe me when I say that the best way to utilize an on-line influencer is through real, relevant posts that are not only authentically based on actual experience, but which genuinely come from experience with your product.

NOTE: If I find a product to be less than awesome, I may not review it, but know that I won’t ever write terrible things about a brand – ( it may just not make it into a post).


Most plant-people are saavy enough to sniff out even the slightest bit of insincerity. 
Anything I review must be honest and real.

2.     Content Creation - I am open to working with companies or brands on other ventures as well. If I write an article, it will might take more time for if I don't have the photos, I would want to raise the plant first, and then document the results. That said, I have over 1 million photos in my digital library now, so more likely than not, I have the visual content already - always ask!

My old sponsor kit which is being re-designed while I am laid off and focusing on re-defining my brand.


Product and Visual  Design, I am (well, was)  a professional   - and award winning Fortune 100) graphic and product designer,  so believe me when I say that I might be able to offer some plant brands with something never available before - just ask me. With 30 years of global mass and luxury market design experience,  with style color and trends - something can come out of my crazy brain now that I am not tethered to my former employer. I am on severance and contract until mid 2018 however, so I won't be able to work on an entertainment project, youth culture, animation, character Disney, Mattel or Dreamworks related project, or toy design for that matter.

Book design though? Container or garden design? Look books, style guides, visual identity, photo direction  and who know's what? Let's go for it.

But it it is a gardening or plant related venture - fire away. I am ready to create on all cylinders!

If you are a large brand looking to exercise a brand new aesthetic expression in a really unique or innovative way, or interested in moving your consumer towards an awesome experience that they don't even know that they desire yet? Then let’s talk.

It's what I really do.


4Thanks so much for reading this far!!

Updated April 2017



9 comments :

  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)

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  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.

    Sincerely,
    Dina Anggraeni
    Teak Closeouts

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  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.
    Regards
    Alan Lawrence alawrenc@mwt.net

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  4. IndiGoGo.com Product Launch on now.

    http://igg.me/at/theGardenGenie

    www.theGardenGenie.ca


    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.

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  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
    mk@drippingspringsollas.com

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  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

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  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:
    http://www.thegardeningwebsite.co.uk/marshalls-malmaison-speciality-national-collection-of-malmaison-carnations-i427.html

    Look forward to reading more. C

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  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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  9. Check this out... I think you may think it is interesting and novel way to include plants in your daily life... https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1982070287/livi-a-new-way-to-experience-plants

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