Thomas Leo Ogren is the author of ALLERGY-FREE GARDENING
Thomas Leo Ogren is the author of ALLERGY-FREE
GARDENING, Ten Speed Press, published July 2000. Allergy-Free Gardening
is his third published book. His two previous books are used by adult literacy
programs throughout the United States, and are published by Sundown Press, and
New Readers Press, Syracuse, New York.
Toms trademarked Ogren Plant Allergy Scale,
OPALSä, the first numerical plant-allergy scale in existence, is being
used by the USDA Department of Forestry to develop allergy rankings for all
major US urban areas. OPALSä is also being used by the American Lung
Association for developing pollen-free landscapes around ALA office
Tom holds a Master of Science in Agriculture from Cal
Poly University in San Luis Obispo, California, with an emphasis on plant
flowering systems and the connections between landscape plant materials and
For twelve years he taught Landscape-Gardening in a
maximum security California Youth Authority prison. At the CYA he used
horticulture to teach many boys how to read, write, do math, think, and to
develop a deep and long-lasting love of gardening. At the CYA Tom started the
Landscape-Gardening program at Paso Robles and eventually wrote the curriculum
now in use in all the Landscape/Gardening classes in the entire CYA.
He keeps in close contact with many of his old
students from the CYA and continues to freely dispense advice and support, via
email, letter and phone.
Tom worked for UC Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles
and helped establish five community gardens in inner city Watts. These gardens
were started from scratch, created from vacant lots. All five gardens are still
operating today, twenty-five years later. He taught high school Horticulture in
South-Central Los Angles for five years and also taught Landscape/Gardening for
a year at North Valley Occupational Center in the San Fernando Valley.
In Grand Rapids, Minnesota he was the host of the
popular Public Radio call-in show, Tom Ogrens Wild World of Plants.
He was co-owner of Ogren Brothers Nursery, Aitkin,
Minnesota, a wholesale-retail nursery and landscaping business. While in
Minnesota Tom also worked part-time for the Minnesota Cooperative Extension,
teaching classes on plant propagation, orchard production, and truck
Toms all time favorite compliment: A
farmer who lived down the road from our farm and nursery in Minnesota was
talking to some people about what a green thumb I had, and told them, Tom
can make anything grow. The guy could grow roots on a broomstick.
Tom writes for California Landscaping, the journal of
the California Landscape Contractors Association, and also for Pacific Coast
Nurseryman Magazine, the number one professional horticulture journal on the
West Coast. He has been on the BBC several times in England, on National CBC TV
in Canada, and has been published in, among others, Awareness, American Rose,
Alternative Medicine, Conscious Choice, Environmental Builders News, the
Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, and the largest circulation science
magazine in the world, the New Scientist.
He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org Allergy-Free Gardening, can be ordered now from all area bookstores, or
directly from Ten Speed Press, 1-800-841-BOOK. Toms web site is:
Praise for Allergy-Free Gardening:
I cannot make my recommendation concerning this book
strong enough. It absolutely belongs in every allergy sufferer's home, in every
doctor's office, at every greenhouse or garden center, and on every
landscaper's desk. If even one person in your family suffers from pollen
allergies, please visit Ten Speed Press and purchase this book today. You'll be
glad you did after you finish reading it. It may well become one of the most
dog-eared books in your library. I'm willing to predict that it will be
considered one of the most important horticulture books published this
Diane Pederson, Editor, Suite101, Member Garden
Writers of America
What a grand contribution to fields of pollen allergy,
horticulture, and the garden. Congratulations to you both: Tom for conceiving
and writing Allergy-Free Gardening, and Ten Speed Press for picking it up for
Walter H. Lewis, PhD, Senior Botanist, Missouri
Botanical Gardens- Author of the best seller, Medical Botany, also author
of Allergenic and Airborne Pollen of North America, John Hopkins University
Allergy-Free Gardening should be on the shelf of every
serious gardener. All allergy specialists would be wise to own a copy, and
certainly the book should be in the library of every nursery and municipal park
department. Perhaps most importantly of all, this text should be required
reading for every college student of landscape design or horticulture.
David A. Stadtner, M.D. Allergist, Stockton,
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Thomas Leo Ogren, is the author of Allergy-Free
Gardening, July 2000, Ten Speed Press. He has an MS in
Agriculture/Horticulture, taught Landscape-Gardening for 20 years, and hosted
the popular Tom Ogrens Wild World of Plants on
Minnesota Public Radio. Allergy-Free Gardening is his third published book.