Mark has been broadcasting and writing about the gardening experience since the early 80's. He has written 23 books, including two biographies. Escape to Reality is Mark's 24th book. He says, "This is the most exciting book that I have ever written as it reflects the experience and passion for Canada's most popular outdoor leisure time activity of two generations, min and son Ben's".
In 2016 Mark was awarded the Order of Canada for "his connections with everyday Canadians through his gardening and environmental messages." He is the Volunteer Chair of the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign.
Escape to Reality is Mark's second non-how-to book. Mark and Ben provide a well informed and deeply personal reflection on the state of gardening today, a look into their crystal ball and an explanation of why this is the most exciting time in the history of Canada to be a gardener.