Robin Plaskoff Horton’s award-winning and Webby-nominated blog, Urban Gardens, is a lifestyle story told from the ground up. A mix of urban style, design, and nature, Urban Gardens is about the whole circle: from planting a seed to cultivating an urban garden; harvesting, cooking, and then serving it all up in style, with cutting-edge design objects in stylish outdoor rooms and indoor gardens. Urban Gardens explores the world’s most captivating destinations, to see, taste, and experience multi-culturally, what the global creative universe is growing and serving up in their own particular style.
Since its launch in April 2009, Urban Gardens has developed an average monthly readership of 40-50,000, 5000+ email and RSS subscribers, and over 250,000 combined Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest followers. Robin was one of 14 international design bloggers invited BlogTour by Modenus and sponsors as a “coolspotter” in 2012 to the London Design Festival, in 2013 to Venice and Milan Design Week, and in 2015 to Ambiente in Frankfurt.
Urban Gardens has received several awards, including the Garden Writers Association Gold and Silver Awards, and was nominated in 2010 for a Webby, hailed by the New York Times as “the Internet’s highest honor.” Mashable named Urban Gardens “One of the Top Ten Must-Follow Home and Garden Twitter Accounts.”
Robin has been a featured speaker at the Garden Bloggers Conference, Women at Woodstock, and the Garden Writers Association Annual Symposium. She contributes to Houzz, and has been a featured curator for social commerce sites, Pickie and Luvocracy.
Prior to launching Urban Gardens, Robin was a creative director and designer for over 30 years, the last 20 as Principal of
Robin Horton Design, an award-winning creative communications design consultancy. Robin believes good design and good writing are about one thing: good thinking. Both begin with the same question: What am I trying to accomplish? As a creative catalyst, she partners with clients to analyze issues, generate ideas, and inspire creative solutions. Prior to establishing her company, Robin was VP, Manager, Design Services, at Burson-Marsteller, where clients included Andersen Consulting, Merrill Lynch, GE, AT&T, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Robin has a BA in French from the University of California, Berkeley and a BFA in Design
from The Cooper Union. She has studied writing at The New School in NYC, The Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and completed the Cours de Civilisation Française at the Sorbonne in Paris.
"Working with Robin Horton you always know that you will get an original, thoughtful and spot-on creative idea."
Former Chief Creative Officer Worldwide
James Navé began telling stories and performing poems thirty years ago at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough,TN. For three decades, he’s traveled the globe as a spoken word poet, strategist, and creativity consultant facilitating, provoking, and inspiring his clients and students to generate ideas and answers, and create solutions that engage and inform. The stories continue to unfold in his one-on-one consulting, strategic development seminars, creativity camps, educational retreats, creative writing intensives, idea salons, speech and performance workshops, spoken word presentations, and in this blogging creativity workshop.
Founder of The Imaginative Storm Writing Salon, writing and creativity workshops and consultancy; Co-producer/teacher with Julia Cameron of The Artist’s Way Creativity Camp; Founder of Poetry Alive!, international theater & touring company; Chief Creative Officer at Strategic Stiletto; Consultant, Loud and Clear, public speaking consultancy. Published in numerous literary magazines and journals.
James Navé has an MFA in Poetry, BA in International Relations, and is a certified Appreciative Inquiry facilitator. He has memorized over 500 poems.
"James Navé and I co-produced and co-taught The Artist's Way Creativity Camp in Taos, NM. He is a passionate traveler and a compassionate companion to those he meets. His work as a poet, writer, and exemplar is an important force for change."
Julia Cameron, author
The Artist's Way