On Friday, November 11, 2011, Jeff Ball passed away peacefully at home in central Michigan. He battled prostate cancer for 7 years and was with hospice care since September. Jeff was a full-time garden communicator for over 30 years. He wrote 9 books, a weekly yardening column for the Detroit News Homestyle section, and columns on tools and vegetables in Michigan Gardener. He also produced garden videos, a CD-ROM, and a garden planner software package. For 8 years he was the gardening expert on the NBC Today Show in New York City.
It was a pleasure working with and knowing Jeff. He provided practical advice and keen insights to gardeners and homeowners alike. Filled with warmth and wit, his clear writing was a joy to read. He will be missed.
– Eric & Jonathon Hofley