Jacqueline A. Soule

is a long-time Southwest gardener and award-winning garden writer. Of her thirteen books, eleven are on gardening in the unique Southwestern climate. Jacqueline has been a popular columnist for many years, with weekly and monthly columns in a number of national, regional and local publications, including Lovin’ Life News, Southwest Trees & Turf, The Explorer Newspaper and Angie’s List magazine. Her free-lance work has appeared in numerous publications, she is an active blogger, and hosts the Southwest Garden Guide membership site

Jacqueline offers numerous community classes. She is a popular speaker with green industry professionals, garden groups, and in other venues.  She is listed in Great Garden Speakers.


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-doc work was at Washington State University. Combine this cross-country experience with summers in Vermont and an internship at the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, and this means she has gardened in almost every corner of the USA!


Jacqueline grew up in Tucson Arizona and has traveled extensively around the globe studying the vegetation. Her garden is the entire landscape around her home, filled with plants that need as little care as possible. 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. Jacqueline tests many of the plants she writes about in her own yard.