Heather Blackmore   Heather Blackmore

Heather Blackmore

location-pin  Chicago, IL

School: University of Illinois

Expertise: Gardening & plant care

Heather Blackmore

  • 25 years of professional experience writing and editing about gardening
  • Two-time recipient of the Garden Writers Association Silver Award (now GardenComm) for garden media
  • Creator of Here She Grows, a site focused on gardening tips and tricks, as well as Heather's personal gardening adventures
  • Former Garden Field Editor for Better Homes & Gardens, Country Gardens and Living the Country Life
  • Former University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener


Heather is an award-winning garden writer and photographer living in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, a Zone 5B gardening climate. She loves all aspects of gardening, from selecting trees, shrubs and perennials for her suburban home to growing fruits and veggies in her raised beds. As Taste of Home’s gardening writer, Heather is passionate about helping people navigate the ups and downs of backyard gardening, whether it’s providing guidance on solving vegetable garden problems to choosing the best hydrangea variety. She hopes that by sharing her knowledge, she’ll inspire people of all ages and abilities to get into gardening.


University of Illinois-Chicago, bachelor's in communication, journalism and related programs

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Articles & Recipes

How to Freeze Peppers When You Buy in Bulk

Learn how to freeze peppers and you'll never have to waste your harvest again. Find tips on freezing whole and cut peppers, plus how to use them once thawed.

How to Freeze Blueberries

Learn how to freeze blueberries for fresh-from-the-garden (or grocery store) goodness all year long.

How to Store Cucumbers

Learn how to store cucumbers the right way and you'll never find a mushy cuke in the refrigerator again.