Joe Truskot has grown more than 250 different varieties of roses in his garden in Salinas, California since 1993. Most recently he has lectured in Chico, Soledad, San Mateo, Vallejo, Brentwood, Santa Cruz, Aptos, Carmel, Watsonville and Salinas on a variety of rose and gardening topics.
He is a Master Rosarian and the author of The Central Coast Rose Manual, a guide to growing roses along California's Central Coast.
He is currently a senior reporter at The Salinas Californian, part of the USAToday Network. He is an avid arts supporter having run the Monterey Symphony for 20 years and served as a classical music announcer and producer for KUSP, a public radio station in Santa Cruz.