Jacqueline A. Soule is a popular speaker with green industry professionals, garden groups, and in other venues.  She is an Arizona-based garden writer with over 15 years of weekly and monthly columns in regional and national publications, plus 13 books. With a Ph.D. in Botany, her popular lectures translate technical science into hands-on how-to.

Jacqueline is a member of Great Garden Speakers.


Jacqueline Soule is a long-time Southwest gardener and award-winning garden writer. Of her thirteen books, ten are on gardening in the unique Southwestern climate. She has been a popular columnist for many years with weekly and monthly columns in a number of national, regional and local publications, including Angie’s List Magazine, and Southwest Trees & Turf. Jacqueline has a Ph.D., but she doesn’t flaunt her education, a trait that makes her a popular speaker with green industry professionals and garden clubs alike.


Jacqueline grew up in Tucson and has traveled extensively around the globe studying the vegetation. She currently summers in Vermont and winters in Arizona – and both of her gardens are the entire landscape around her home, filled with plants that need as little care as possible, many of them natives. Minimal care is not her only plant selection criteria however. Plants must also provide color, texture, and movement in the landscape. Food for the table is also a high priority. Many of the plants in her latest book were test grown in her own yards.


Dr. Soule has a B.S. in Horticulture and a B.S. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona both with Honors and Cum Laude, a M.S. in Botany from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Texas. Her post-doctoral work was at Washington State University. Combined with work at botanical gardens in Philadelphia and summers in Vermont, this means she has gardened in almost every biome in the United States.


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Butterfly Gardening for Southern Arizona, Revised Edition, Tierra del Sol Institute Press
Gardening Complete, (co-author)  Cool Springs Press
Month by Month Guide to Gardening in the Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico, Cool Springs Press
Fruit and Vegetable Gardening in the Southwest, Cool Springs Press
Success With Succulents: A Guide for Southern Arizona, Tierra del Sol Press
Father Kino’s Herbs: Growing Them & Using Them Today, Tierra del Sol Press

Other Publications

Making and Using Seasoned Vinegars and Oils, 9/2001, 2nd printing 12/2006, Tierra del Sol Press
Lush and Efficient: Gardening in the Coachella Valley, Revised Edition, 2006, Ironwood Press
for CA Landscape Plants for the California High Desert, 2005, Ironwood Press
for AZ Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert, 2004, Ironwood Press
Lush and Efficient: Gardening in the Coachella Valley, 2nd Ed., (technical writer) 2001, Ironwood Press
Herbs: Growing & Using the Plants of Romance, (technical writer) 1998, Ironwood Press

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