Viveka Neveln

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Title: Senior Garden Editor, BHG
Education: Iowa State University, Cornell
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Expertise: Gardening, Landscaping, Garden Design, Plants, Pests & Diseases

Viveka Neveln is the digital senior garden editor at Better Homes & Gardens. She covers gardening, plants, landscaping, garden design, trends, pest control, and more. Viveka loves getting people excited about the botanical world and feels happiest with dirt under her nails.


  • More than 20 years of editing and writing for both print and digital media
  • Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with English minor
  • Graduate degree in Plant Pathology
  • Avid gardener for more than 30 years across 4 states and 3 countries


Viveka Neveln has been the digital garden editor at Better Homes & Gardens since 2019.

Previously, she spent nearly 15 years as an editor for The American Gardener magazine, published by the American Horticultural Society in Virginia. She started out there as an editorial intern, working her way up to associate editor of the magazine and associate director of communications for the organization. In addition to contributing stories and editing 6 issues per year for the society's award-winning publication, Viveka also managed the AHS's website, garden book award program, public relations, social media, and webinar program. She also assisted with book content, garden consulting, and fielding plant questions from the public. One of her favorite tasks was snapping plant photos around the society's beautiful 25-acre headquarters at historic River Farm on the banks of the Potomac River.

Before her adventures with the American Horticultural Society, Viveka spent 2 years as managing editor of a small lifestyle magazine. In her spare time, she contributed gardening content to various websites and print publications as a freelance writer.


Viveka majored in horticulture with a minor in English, graduating summa cum laude. She was fortunate to build on her academic studies with hands-on internships at the Chicago Botanic Garden and Iowa State Cooperative Extension Service. After the latter experience, Viveka developed aspirations of becoming a plant disease diagnostician so she completed a graduate degree in plant pathology. Her thesis research allowed her to experience both field work and greenhouse experiments on a common disease of onions.

About Better Homes & Gardens

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