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Cultivating Life - Bios

Sean Conway, Host

In addition to two decades working as a landscape designer and nurseryman, Sean Conway, the host of “Cultivating Life,” has worked for the past seven years as a design consultant for Target Corporation. Along with consulting on product lines for their garden and outdoor living market, Sean designed his own line of garden and outdoor living products for the company’s upscale Marshall Field stores. With this successful line under his belt, he then launched Garden Style, a more extensive brand of garden and outdoor living products at the company’s 1,400 Target stores. The line ranges from outdoor décor and colorful garden containers to patio furniture, outdoor lighting, live plants, bird feeders and houses. In addition to the in-store line, Sean has created separate lines for Target’s 300 garden centers as well as Target.com. Target’s current “Design for All” promotional campaign includes Sean as one of its featured style makers, along with Isaac Mizrahi, Thomas O’Brien, Michael Graves and other prominent designers.

Sean is now working on a book, also entitled Cultivating Life, which captures how he, and others like him, is reconnecting with the land. The book is filled with simple gardening ideas, lessons on cooking straight from the garden, artisans and craftsmen who are reinventing and reinterpreting old traditions and stylish outdoor design projects. It is scheduled to be published in 2007.

As a recognized authority on gardening and outdoor living, Sean has been a frequent contributor to the Today show and Martha Stewart Living, as well as a contributing editor to Horticulture magazine. In 2005, Yankee magazine listed Sean as one of the 100 most influential people in New England.

Lee Buttala, Executive Producer

“Cultivating Life” executive producer Lee Buttala won an Emmy Award for his work as a producer of Martha Stewart Living. A regular contributor on gardening to The New York Times, he has also written for Martha Stewart Living, New York and Metropolitan Home. As an editor, he has worked for magazines ranging from Saveur, Garden Design and Interview and for the book publisher Alfred A. Knopf.

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