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Escape to Reality, Mark and Ben Cullen’s new book

Pub Date: Nov 30, 2018
For more information, please contact:
Karen McMullin, National Publicist
647-461-3824; kmcmullin@bell.net

A mindful, illustrated book of gardening-themed reflections
from Canada’s top horticulture expert.



Escape to Reality
How the World is Changing Gardening,
and Gardening is Changing the World

Mark Cullen with Ben Cullen
Art by Sarah Duggan




Why do we garden? Why should we? How is gardening changing the world? These are just some of the philosophical gardening questions pondered in this heartfelt and gorgeously designed book. An informed and personal reflection on gardening in Canada from the country’s preeminent horticultural expert, Escape to Reality goes beyond the hows that are the focus of most gardening books and explores the whys.

In short, narrative essays, topics range from garden and nature as therapy to who we are as gardeners and what life values we gain through the experience of gardening. It also includes some practical tips for cultivating and coexisting with your garden. Co-written with son, Ben Cullen, this book is sure to find a home on the shelves of mindful gardeners across the country, and beyond. Proceeds benefit the Highway of Heroes. Includes original watercolours by Nova Scotia artist Sarah Duggan.

About the Author: Mark Cullen is the president of Mark’s Choice Ltd., a horticultural communications and marketing agency. He is also the spokesperson and horticultural consultant to Home Hardware Canada. Member, Order of Canada, and a volunteer spokesperson for SHARE Agricultural Foundation, Canada Blooms, and founding chair of Highway of Heroes Living Tribute (with a goal of planting 117,000 trees on the Highway of Heroes to honour Canada’s fallen). A bestselling author of over 500,000 books in Canada, Mark has written over 20 books, including his most recent, The New Canadian Garden. Visit markcullen.com.

Officially, Ben Cullen joined Mark full time in 2017. Unofficially, Ben has worked with Mark his entire life. Ben’s interest in growing really began while working maintenance at the local golf course through high school, before heading off to the University of Guelph, where he completed a Diploma in Agriculture. Afterwards, Ben headed east where a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University in Halifax led him into the food industry. Recent travels have taken him overland from London, UK, to Shanghai, China. Since returning home he has enjoyed channelling his passion for food, travel, and growing back into Mark’s original mission—connecting and inspiring people with things that grow.