Master gardener to offer free advice at Rockford Hardware

John Hogan, an advanced master gardener and longtime garden columnist for The Grand Rapids Press, will become a regular fixture at Rockford Hardware’s Garden Center each weekend, doling out advice and tips, and answering customers’ gardening questions.

John Hogan of Rockford is looking forward to sharing his knowledge of plant, flower and vegetable gardening to Rockford Hardware customers.

Hogan, a Rockford resident, will serve as a regular “green thumb” consultant for Rockford Hardware for several hours each Saturday and Sunday, beginning Saturday, April 17, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Hogan will also write a regular guest blog for the Rockford Hardware customers, offering a week-by-week look at everything from preventative steps to combat specific plant and garden insects to when and how to apply fertilizer. His first blog entry will appear on Monday, April 19, and can be found at

Pete Kruer, owner of Rockford Hardware, is thrilled to offer his lawn and garden customers complimentary advice from such a noted and respected garden and landscape expert. “It’s a value-added service we can offer to the ‘newbie’ gardener to those serious green thumbs,” said Kruer. “Customers are going to love John’s knowledge and ‘garden variety’ approach.”

Hogan served as a reporter with The Grand Rapids Press for 24 years, and a garden columnist for the past eight of his career. In April 2009, he formed his own residential and commercial landscape company, which he continues to operate. He remains a regular contributor with The Grand Rapids Press, and Faith Magazine.

“It’s an exciting venture,” Hogan said. “I’m looking forward to taking the ‘fear factor’ out of plant, flower and vegetable gardening. It is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding hobbies that anyone, of any age, can learn and do.”

Hogan is a graduate of Michigan State University. In addition to being an advanced master gardener, Hogan is a master woodland manager.

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