Debra Knapke

Owner & Entrepreneur

Design Business Owner
The Garden Sage
Columbus, Ohio

B.A. - The Ohio State University, 1978
Area of emphasis: Communications/Speech and Hearing Services

M.Sc. - The Ohio State University, 1996
Area of emphasis: Landscape Horticulture

Debra Knapke balances a busy schedule of gardening, teaching, writing designing and consulting. As a writer, Knapke has co-authored three gardening books with Alison Beck - "Perennials for Ohio", "Annuals for Ohio", and "Gardening Month by Month in Ohio".
In naming her business, Knapke wanted to incorporate herbs and gardens, so with the help of her husband came up with the name The Garden Sage. Specifically, Knapke runs a garden design and consulting business. Along with running her own business, Knapke is presently on the faculty at Columbus State Community College teaching courses on Landscape Principles, Herbaceous Plants and Specialty Gardens. She is also a volunteer at Inniswood and sits on three advisory boards at The Kelton House, The Inniswood Garden Society, and The Walnut Grove and Flint Road Cemeteries.

While working with other graduate students at OSU, Knapke was exposed to different points of view and different strands of knowledge. She also found the job as a teaching assistant at OSU rewarding.

The green industry is forever growing, with endless career opportunities. "There are so many paths and possibilities for success in the plant sciences, it's amazing, and without plants, there would be no life on earth. As a teacher, garden designer, and plant lover I have an immense amount of satisfaction from working in Horticulture and the Green Industry. It is a profession in which I will continue to grow."