Cool Springs PressCool Springs Press
Cool Springs Press is the leading publisher of step-by-step how-to books for both DIY gardening and home improvement. Our state and local gardening books are tailored to specific regional environments across the United States, while our renowned series of foolproof home improvement books have long been trusted on both the bookshelf and the job site.
Contact Info
Cool Springs Press
400 First Avenue North
Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Tel: +1 612 344 8100
Fax: +1 612 344 8691
Contact: Bryan Trandem, V.P. Group Publisher

Contact: Mark Johanson, Editorial Director

Contact: Steve Roth, Marketing Manager

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Cool Springs Press is the leading publisher of do-it-yourself books for the home and garden category. Written by experts and photographed by professionals, Cool Springs books are known for clear, complete, up-to-date information and color photography of the highest quality in the industry. Among our many offerings you will find the bestselling garden book for the past 30 years and the bestselling home improvement book of the past decade. Our roster also includes the hottest new gardening book in recent years and the nation’s only complete state and regional garden book series.

The Cool Springs Press imprint represents the combined lists and resources of two venerable publishing enterprises. Cool Springs was founded in Nashville more than 30 years ago. Its original mission was to provide state-focused garden guides for Tennessee and the surrounding area. Its scope grew rapidly, however, and Cool Springs was acquired by Quarto Publishing Group USA. Shortly thereafter, the home improvement publishing arm of the Quarto Group was added to the Cool Springs family to create a dynamic new entity with the shared mission of creating and publishing the best home and garden books on the market today. With an enviable list of illustrated step-by-step books that represent the standard of home DIY publishing, as well as our many regional and national gardening titles, we can proudly offer a beautiful, expertly-written book to fit just about any home or garden project you can imagine.

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Cool Springs Press Submission Guidelines.pdf

July 8, 2015
The Quarto Group is delighted to announce the launch of, a new consumer facing site that showcases and promotes The Quarto Group's entire global publishing programme. The site allows consumers to discover more books in subjects they are interested in and presents books in ten subject areas each distinctly branded with a unique icon: Quarto Cooks, Quarto Homes, Quarto Drives, Quarto Kids, Quarto Lives (health & MBS), Quarto Plays (sport & games), Quarto Creates (art, craft & design), Quarto Thinks (culture), Quarto Explores (history, travel, science) and Quarto Gifts. Read More.
November 6, 2014
The New York Times Home and Garden section featured Elizabeth Millard and her new book, Indoor Kitchen Gardening: Turn Your Home Into a Year-Round Vegetable Garden, on November 6. Read More.
April 23, 2014
The Quarto Group was featured in Publishers Weekly London Book Show Daily on April 9, 2014. Here are a few excerpts from the article. Read More.
February 26, 2014
Quarto (LSE: QRT.L), the leading global illustrated book publisher and distribution group, on February 26 announced a rebrand of its publishing divisions, comprising new names and a new visual identity, which better represents how the divisions work together. With shared domestic, international and foreign language sales teams Quarto is one integrated supplier to customers worldwide. The new names and logos make this clear while capitalizing on the company's 38-year-old heritage. Read More.
October 31, 2013
Author and horticulturist Mary Irish gardened successfully in Phoenix for several years, so she understands dry weather and heat. But when the native Texan and her husband, Gary, moved to Castroville, Texas, just outside San Antonio, about two years ago, they had to adjust to a different set of gardening rules. Read More.
July 22, 2013
Bad soil? Not enough soil? Maybe even no soil? Skip the ground and try planting fruits and vegetables in straw bales instead, suggests Joel Karsten, author of "Straw Bale Gardens" and guru of one of this year's gardening trends. The idea behind straw-bale gardening is simple. Read More.
May 22, 2013
When Duke and Becky Mossman decided to expand their family garden, they were interested in growing vegetables and berries and nuts. But they were also interested in growing great kids. Working the soil with kids is a way to teach a lot of things. Mary Ann Newcomer, author of The Rocky Mountain Gardener's Handbook agrees, saying that gardening is about family and belonging and it naturally celebrates hard work. Read More.
March 25, 2013
Joel Karsten has the seeds, fertilizer, soaker hose and straw bales ready to go. Karsten uses the straw instead of soil. He considers growing with straw a breakthrough vegetable growing method. Karsten can grow vegetables earlier, anywhere and without weeding. It's become a gardening craze and led Karsten to write Straw Bale Gardens. Read More.
March 21, 2013
For those not familiar with the technique, like New York Times writer Michael Tortorello, straw bale gardening sounds like a pretty improbable way to grow vegetables. But Joel Karsten, author of Straw Bale Gardens for Cool Springs Press, has convinced Tortorello that the technique does work. Read More.
February 6, 2013
Author Emily Tepe doesn't accept the old notion that food-producing plants should be segregated in their own plot. She advocates combining them freely with ornamentals to add color, texture and visual interest to beds and containers. "I believe a yard can be both beautiful and productive," she writes. Read More.
March 12, 2012
Gardening can be overwhelming to the beginner. But Katie Elzer-Peters, the author of "Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening, Techniques to Help You Get Started," says you should start slowly and build your way to the garden of your dreams. Read More.
December 12, 2011
The Chicago Tribune has selected The Visitor's Guide to American Gardens and Garden Up! as two of its favorite gifts for gardeners this holiday season. Read More.
November 9, 2011
Garden Up! and Unfurling have been named to the Amazon Best Books of 2011 List. Read More.
November 1, 2011
Cool Springs Press innovative use of Quick Response (QR) codes is the subject of a story in Publishers Weekly. Read More.
September 9, 2011
The Los Angeles Times and Houston Chronicle are just two of dozens of newspapers across the country to weigh in on Garden Up! Read More.
March 23, 2011
Ken Fund and the entire Quayside Publishing Group mourn the death of Roger Waynick, founder and publisher of Cool Springs Press. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Waynick and Cool Springs Press families. Read More.
March 2, 2011
Minneapolis, MN, March 1, 2011- The Quarto Group Inc. is happy to announce today the acquisition of Brentwood, TN-based Cool Springs Press, effective March 1, 2011. Read More.