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Carol Sturgulewski's favorite garden has no boundaries. Growing up in coastal Alaska, she was surrounded by forest. She remembers hunting for wild sourdock with her grandmother, and nibbling cow parsnip stalks and spruce tree tips with neighbor children. As a young woman, she began collecting books on wildflowers and plants, learning how native peoples used nature's harvest for food and medicine. She became an ardent berry-picker. And to her neighbors' dismay, Carol's fondness for native plants prompted her to transplant some of her favorite "weeds" when she recently moved from Kodiak Island to mainland Alaska. In her professional life, Carol is an award-winning writer on the state and regional level, and former president of The Alaska Press Club. She spent nearly twenty years as a writer and editor for Alaska's three largest newspapers and several smaller papers, specializing in features and education. She also worked as a newspaper magazine writer in Michigan before returning to her Alaskan roots.

When not occupied as a full-time mom, Carol continues to do freelance writing and editing for newspapers and other publications, such as Alaska magazine. Carol has also led writing workshops for students from grade school through college, and taught journalism for the University of Alaska. Her familiarity with her native state has helped in her work for regional guidebooks, including Frommer's and Alaska's Best.

Carol firmly believes that every person can make a difference in the world. A committed volunteer, she has served on boards supporting public broadcasting, literacy, education, and the interests of children, women and senior citizens. Carol and her husband, Roe, now live in Anchorage, Alaska with their sons, Ben, Ted and Hugh. Their backyard is popular with kids, moose, bears, rabbits, squirrels, wild berries—and a few select "weeds."

You can reach Carol at:

5120 Manytell Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99516
E-mail: carolben@gci.net


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