Mark Viette is an American celebrity gardener who has been perfecting the art of horticulture for over twenty years.After graduating with a degree in Horticulture from Virginia Tech in 1980, Viette then completed an in-depth course in the tissue culture of plants at the University of California in Riverside.In 1981, Mark, a third generation horticulturist, joined his parents in the family business, the Andre Viette Farm and Nursery.He is the host of the garden feature, “Down Home Virginia,” airing on thirty-four cable stations.Mark also serves as an alternate host for “In the Garden with Andre Viette,” his father’s radio call-in program. Mark has produced and hosted over 800 video gardening segments which air on broadcast TV. Almost 400 of these video tips can be viewed on YouTube. He has been an instructor for ten different horticultural courses at Blue Ridge Community College in Virginia.Mark is a renowned lecturer throughout the United States and has written several gardening books, all while serving as Director of Marketing and Sales at Viette Nurseries. Mark’s interests include hybridizing new plants and traveling the world in search of new long-blooming, disease- and insect-resistant plants to make available to American gardeners.