Welcome to the Dandelion Wrangler.

My name is Laura Thomas. I am a  Master Gardener, Photographer and Garden Communicator. Located in Port Coquitlam BC, I’ve been blogging since 2008, shortly after the birth of my second child. At home with the kids, I spent a lot time getting dirty, arms deep in the soil. My garden did well by all of the extra attention, winning 2nd place in the 2010 Pride of PoCo Garden Awards, and 3rd place in the 2012 Pride of Poco Garden Awards in the Front yard category.

“I can get a *little* garden obsessed. I needed an outlet to talk about plants, post a ba-jillion photo’s and generally let my crazy out. “

Adventures in Blogging. It may have started as a photo blog, but it didn’t stay that way for long. Soon it became an alter ego and a passion. I found myself doing things outside of my bubble that I would have never expected to do. Like camping out out in the parking lot at VanDusen Botanical Gardens, in the wee hours of the morning to score first place in line at the biggest plant sale in Vancouver. Or agreeing to a local news spot on compost to kick off Earth Day.

As I grew, so did my blog. In 2011 Apartment Therapy Named the Dandelion Wrangler #2 on their list of 10 Garden Blogs You Really Should Check Out! Soon after I started writing with Proven Winners®, becoming their Garden Guru and Regional Blogger for Western Canada. Writing for a National audience about gardening in beautiful British Columbia, somebody pinch me! Since then I’ve hosted book reviews & giveaways as well as carried out product reviews.  This past winter of  2012 I joined the Garden Writers Association. Bringing us to today, where this little blog is still growing. I look forward to continuing to bring my readers great content and cool feature products.

Let’s Gab. Do you have a question? Want to share a story, or just tell me I’m pretty? Well I’d love it if you’d drop me a line in the comments, and I’ll answer as best I can. I’ll be honest, perfection takes time. So please bear with me if I don’t reply right away. I’ve likely wandered off on a garden trail doing a power weeding, or I’m out back enjoying a mojito. A girl’s got to make use her mint!

You can also find me on Twitter & Pinterest. Stop by, my Facebook page, give it a ‘Like’ and say hi. Lets get carried away together!



8 comments on “About

  1. Jennifer Kok on said:

    Hi Laura,
    It was great chatting with you last Saturday at Amsterdam! I finally posted your pic with Terry on Facebook. 🙂 Also, I have a few photos of the kids class that I’d like to share with you. I don’t have your email address. Would you like me to email them to you?
    Btw, I just love your tulip pics!
    Kind regards, Jennifer Kok
    Amsterdam Greenhouses & Garden Centre

  2. Amber Rosencrans on said:


    I own a local daycare and would love to come by this summer for a blueberry picking day with our 3-5 group.
    Not sure what your farm is like and hoping you can accommodate a group of about 15 children and 4 staff.

    Please let me know so i can arrange all the details.

    Thanks for your time
    Amber Rosencrans

  3. Maxine Giannelli on said:

    Hi Laura
    Thanks for tweet this morning. I am the marketing director for art knapp and I just started two months ago. Hi been in the shop at the same time as you I would’ve come to introduce myself! But I’d love to set up the chance to sit down with you and chat. How is your time next week or the week after? Looking forward to meeting you,

  4. Carol Goloby on said:

    I saw your shade garden flowers and I REALLY would like to plant some. However, I don’t know where to get them. Particularly interested in the Epimedium sulphureum pink that you had in there and the Brunnera Macrophylla (Jack Frost). We just moved into a new home with several shaded areas that I’d like to “pretty up!”
    Thanks!!!!! 🙂

  5. Kristina Matisic on said:

    Hi Laura,

    I have a press release from the BC SPCA that I’d like to send you. Please let me know where best to direct that.

    Thanks so much,

  6. Theresa Yu on said:

    Hi Laura,

    I saw you carrying a camera on the Soccer field but didn’t realize that you are a Master Gardener and a Photographer! Bravo! I love gardening very much and I am sure I can learn a lot from you! Look forward to seeing your garden one day~

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