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Mark Cullen Bio
by Mark Cullen


Canada's best known gardening personality, Mark Cullen believes that Canadians of all ages need to play more - preferably in the dirt. A best-selling author with over 400,000 books in print, Mark reaches over one million Canadians every week through various media outlets. He is the host of his own gardening show on CFRB radio, a Home Hardware spokesperson and regularly contributes to various magazines, gardening shows and newsletters. With a familiar style that people can relate to, he delivers a message that is compelling, fun, informative and inspirational - all based on his organic approach to gardening. In his spare time Mark enjoys driving his Ford Model A - and of course he loves to garden.

January 26, 2005

10,000 gardening questions. Answered.

Spokesperson for Sheridan Nurseries Ltd.

President, Greendale Garden Products Ltd. –Ontario’s largest distributor of garden supplies to the independent garden centre trade.


Marks’ “gardening message” reaches over two million Canadians every week.


Host - The Garden Show, CFRB [Canada’s most listened to am radio station] in Toronto. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 200,000 weekly listeners.


Co-Host of CANADA AM weekly Gardening segment with Jeff Hutchison. Airs Wed. at 8:40 a.m. 500,000 viewers.

“Mark Cullen - Gardening” HG TV [Home and Garden Television]. Half hour gardening show featuring ‘beauty and practical’ information. Airs 7 times per week from March through October.
Look for Mark’s one hour special on HGTV this spring, “The Gardens of Scotland”

Best Selling Author

Over 400,000 books in print in Canada

“Canadian Garden Design”, published by Penguin Canada. Sub-title - ‘Ideas and inspirations for your garden’. 240 pages, full colour, coffee table edition. This is Penguin’s lead book for the spring 99 selling season.

“The New Greener Thumb”, published by Penguin Canada. The original edition of ‘The Compete Guide to Gardening in Canada” now includes three new chapters on ‘New Perennials’, ‘Native Plant Gardening’ and ‘Low Maintenance Gardening’.

The original edition of A Greener Thumb was on the best sellers list for 27 weeks. The best selling hard cover gardening book in Canada ever, with over 120,000 in print.

New book for Spring, 2003!
Mark is producing a new gardening book exclusively for Ontario gardeners – titled “Ontario Gardening” by Mark Cullen [of course!]. Bound to be another winner, published by Penguin.

Newspaper Column

Mark writes a weekly column for the National Post Homes section every Saturday. Circulation +300,000


Mark is a regular contributor to Gardening Life magazine, with over 100,000 circulation 6 times per year.

Mark Cullen is respected by his peers.

Garden Communicator of the Year. - Landscape Ontario, 1987.
Quill and Trowel “Gold” Award Winner, for best TV Show. 1990 - Garden Writers of America.
Bicentennial Civic Award of Merit. City of Scarborough, 1996.
Financial Post Environmental Achievement award with the Composting Council of Canada in the ‘Education’ category, 1998.
Canada Day Achievement award. From the Toronto Canada Day Committee, 2000.

Involved in his community

July, 2003 – Mark earned the ‘Queens Jubilee’ medal for his “outstanding contribution to helping to feed the hungry through his work with Plant a Row Grow a Row” He was nominated by the Canadian Association of Food Banks and the Composting Council of Canada.

Mark is the Honorary Patron of SHARE Agricultural Foundation, providing relief to under privileged farmers in 3rd world countries.

Mark is the spokesperson for The Composting Council of Canada, C.I.L. Golfgreen slow release fertilizers and Green Earth garden products.

Mark has served at the University of Guelph as ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’.
Active supporter of the Greater Toronto United Way, See You In Athens Fund, and is a patron of SHARE Agricultural Foundation - providing a “hand up, not a hand out” to farmers in 3rd world countries.

Family; Married to Mary Farintosh. 4 children: Lynn 20, Heather 18, Emma 15, and Ben 12. Lives in Unionville, Ont. Mary is opening a new wool shop in Unionville this spring, featuring natural fiber yarns, “Mary’s Yarn”

In his spare time Mark enjoys driving his Ford Model A and he loves to garden.

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