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About Mark & Ben Cullen

Ben Cullen

Ben is a fourth generation gardener

He earned his diploma in agriculture at the University of Guelph Ridgetown campus, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie in Halifax. Ben spent several years working in the food industry before travelling across Europe, Russia, Mongolia and China on his own, then joining his dad, Mark, in the business two years ago. Ben, like many millennials, has a passion for food gardening and the environment.. He is engaged to Sam and enjoys leisure time with dog Ruby when he is not gardening in hes 2,000 sq. ft. allotment garden in Guelph, Ontario.

Escape to Reality is Ben's first published book and likely not his last.

Mark Cullen

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.

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By: Mark & Ben Cullen

Mark and Ben Cullen
MAR 13
Wed 10:00am to 8:00pm

Unilock Celebrity Stage
11:00 AM

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Escape To Reality
How the world is changing gardening, and gardening is changing the world

Escape to Reality is our Mark & Ben’s first book together. It is a collection of essays where they reflect on their collective gardening experience and looking at key trends taking shape.

Every good book should be an escape
The book is a special escape. They have been working on this one for over three years, taking time to reflect on the meaning of the gardening experience. Between the two of them, they have the benefit of two generations of insights Taken together with the lessons taught to Mark by his own father Len and the teachings of “The Professor”, John A. Weall, Len’s mentor and councillor, there is much experience to draw on.

Ben and Mark are very excited about this new book: “Escape to Reality, how the world is changing gardening and gardening is changing the world” is a fresh, healthy food, clean air, pollinators, native plants, the benefits of the horticultural social-exchange that occurs every time a gardener sets foot in the dirt. It is also about the need to fail, the surprising places where inspiration can spring from and its is about hope.

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