Meet the Experts
Burpee Owner & Expert Horticulturalist
After apprenticing with plant explorer and breeder Claude Hope, Mr. Ball spent his early career at Pan American Seed where he introduced the first large-flowered anemone, Mona Lisa, to the world. He purchased seed giant Burpee Company in 1991. George has donated seed to Africa and the Middle East.
Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist
Marisa is a registered dietitian nutritionist, communications and culinary nutrition expert. Her integrative and practical approach to food and wellness with science-based nutrition advice is regularly featured in leading media outlets including CNN, Women’s Health, Vogue, Prevention, and many more. Before launching her consultancy, Marisa worked as an outpatient dietitian, corporate nutritionist for a restaurant chain, and managed the employee worksite nutrition program at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She now spends her days doing a variety of work in front of and behind the camera as a media dietitian, on-camera talent, and content creator at MarisaMoore.com.
Plant Breeder and Former Royal Horticultural Society Judge
Simon began his horticulture career in 1978 as a plant breeder. Over the four decades since, Simon has introduced numerous annual, perennial and herbaceous plant varieties and bred new home garden varieties for tomatoes. He is an active member of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the UK, where he is a member of the trial committees and acts as a judge for major RHS gardening & flower shows.
Lifestyle Expert and HGTV Veteran
Kelly Edwards is best known for hosting the successful HGTV series Design on a Dime, as well as STYLE Network's Tacky House and The Design Network's DIY House Call. Her unmistakable ability to offer distinctive design tips, bargain-decorating projects, and total home makeover transformations have inspired thousands to "do-it-themselves". She's well known for her knack in re-purposing everyday items into extraordinary collectibles and creating accessible design while working within budget constraints. Along with television appearances and lifestyle segments, Kelly has also been a spokesperson for various home and lifestyle brands and is no stranger to the literary world. Her design book, The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home, topped Amazon's best sellers list.
Horticultural Product & Technique Expert
Venelin has over two decades of experience as a green-house grower, seedsman and horticulturalist in various growing conditions around the globe. In his current role at Burpee, he oversees trials, garden performance evaluation and selection of the best vegetables, flowers and fruits for Burpee’s home gardening customers.