Pacific Horticulture is filled with beautiful photographs and engaging stories.

Thank you for your interest in contributing to Pacific Horticulture magazine.

We welcome your ideas and pitches for content and look forward to sharing your stories. Pacific Horticulture values informed and accurate content, a curious perspective, and respect for the environment. Our contributors are knowledgeable gardeners covering real gardens, with a strong voice and/or quality photographs that engage our reader.

We’re looking for stories that explore the full breadth and experience of gardening on the West Coast and in related growing regions. We welcome brief write ups (200-300 words), as well as longer format stories (up to 2,000 words) The following ideas are perennial favorites with our readers:

  • Book reviews, resources, upcoming regional events
  • New plants, old plants, favorite plants, landscape design, container compositions, garden profiles, seasonal spotlights.
  • Sustainability, climate, natural systems, resource management, pollinator support, native ecology, beneficial insects.
  • People behind the gardens, working horticulturists, the next generation, personal perspective

Anyone wishing to pitch an idea should include a description of the story and an explanation as to how it relates to the Pacific Horticulture reader.Our small but dedicated editorial staff carefully crafts a theme explored throughout each issue.

Email proposals to TheEditor@pacifichorticulture.org. Please note: we will acknowledge receipt of your pitch but due to the nature of our publication schedule, acceptance and possible publication may take several months, and up to a year.

Pacific Horticulture Society (PHS), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, has been publishing Pacific Horticulture since 1976 through the efforts of talented freelance writers, photographers, and artists, whose generously donated work supports our mission to inspire and educate West Coast gardeners.

Thank you for taking the time and effort to submit your work.

The fine print:

Illustrations, Photographs, and Captions

All image files must be hi-resolution, at least 300 dpi at a size of 6 x 8 inches. Please include rough captions and photo credits for all submitted images. Photo submissions other than your original work require written permission to use an image. If you have licensed the image, please include the exact credit that the license requires. (For example, language that a stock photo company requires to accompany an image.)

Your Bio

Please submit a 75-word biography and a photograph/head shot along with your story. (See above for photograph resolution guidelines) To help you professionally leverage your generously-donated work to Pacific Horticulture, the online version of your bio accommodates links to your website, blog, social media channels, and/or any books you have published.


By submitting to Pacific Horticulture, you confirm that you are the creator of the work (story/photo), are not infringing on anyone’s copyrighted material, and are granting Pacific Horticulture Society (publisher) permission to publish your work with appropriate credit in the print magazine, on the Pacific Horticulture website, and possibly excerpted for marketing materials created in support of our organization. You retain copyright interest on your work.