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May 2021 Interview

05/27/2021 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

Join us to learn how Suzi McCoy founded her public relations company in the late 1980’s, and how the company, Garden Media Group, a top 10 PR firm in the Philadelphia area, is under new ownership three decades later. Taking the reins last year, daughter Katie Dubow continues to fulfill their mission of working with like-minded companies to grow their business and inspire Americans to live a healthy gardening lifestyle. We will discuss what it is like to work with immediate family members, the rewards and challenges of being women in business, their approach to creating a company culture, and more.

More about Suzi…

Suzi McCoy is the recently retired past president of Garden Media Group out of Kennett Square, PA. She has worked in both agency and corporate marketing and public relations firms prior to forming her own companies. She is known as an idea generator, planner and key buzz maker who is well known in garden writing circles. During her career she was active in Garden Comm, a member of the National Gardening Association, American Horticultural Society, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and NICH. She is a highly regarded speaker and was named a Top 50 Business Woman in Pennsylvania. Suzi has been involved in both business and non-profit organizations. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Master’s of Journalism, specializing in public relations and advertising. Now that she has passed the company reigns to her daughter, she is spending time with her husband and grandchildren and enjoying traveling, painting, playing golf, volunteering, and reading to dogs at the Humane Society.

More about Katie…

Katie Dubow is president at Garden Media Group, a public relations firm specializing in the home and garden industry. Find her enhancing brands’ reputations, building killer campaigns and launching new products at the firm’s headquarters in Kennett Square, PA. Katie is also guest host on QVC for the plant brand Cottage Farms, speaks and presents on topics around the world, such as the Garden Trends Report and Marketing to Millennials. Find her @KatieGMG


Cultivate is the national industry event hosted by AmericanHort every July in Columbus, Ohio. Cultivate owns the niche for gathering the entire industry supply chain in one place for four days of professional development and robust business opportunities with its 650+ exhibitor trade show, 100+ educational sessions and plentiful networking opportunities.


Attendees of the AmericanHort DIG Conference experienced in-depth education on Disease, Insect, and Growth regulator management and learned the latest strategies and best practices in pest control, plant health, and PGRs. They walked away with actionable solutions for some of the biggest challenges growers face in their operation.


The AmericanHort Virtual Retail Tour explores innovative and industry-leading garden centers. Explore ways to diversify your business, discover the key to excelling with events and education, learn tips for getting your garden center involved in the community, and get inspiration to take back to your business. Purchase the recording today!


Impact Washington is a two-day advocacy summit where green industry business owners and leaders can take action in Washington, D.C. Providing a united front, this is an opportunity for the landscaper, plant grower, garden retailer, and entire green industry communities to personally and collectively advocate for decisions that help us continue the growth of our $348 billion industry.

Over the course of two days, participants will hear from elected leaders, their staff, and other policy experts on issues of great impact on green industry business success. Our attendees will share their experiences directly with policy makers, providing real-world context and influence on the decisions being made.


The road to better performance starts at AmericanHort’s Plug & Cutting Conference. As the event for young plant producers and growers from across the country, this conference is the place to learn the newest and best strategies, technologies, and techniques in the world of plugs and cuttings.


The Landscape Operation Tour provided that behind the scenes visit world-class operations in this industry segment. Join the tour to connect with other industry innovators and leaders like yourself to network, discuss your operations, swap ideas, and so much more.


AmericanHort Cultivate Virtual – an 100% online event that brings you the high-quality learning and peer-to-peer engagement that you’ve always received at Cultivate. From world-class education sessions, to online discussion forums, to making new connections with exhibitors.