Born in Coral Gables, Florida, to a musical mother and artist father, Georgiana Kotarski grew up with a love of nature and the outdoors. She graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, with a B.S. in forestry in 1976. In 1977, she moved to Spangdalem, Germany, where she learned how to grow vegetables from her landlady and taught piano lessons on the side. In 1983 she graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.B.A. in accounting and returned to Chattanooga. Georgiana subsequently started a mail-order herb business and wrote her first article for a garden magazine. From 1992 until 1997, she served as the director of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Currently, she works at the Sequatchie Valley campus of Chattanooga State Technical Community College.
Georgiana has written more than 40 articles for Flower & Garden, Weekend Gardener, Country-Extra, Out Here, the Business Journal, Chattanooga Life & Leisure, and Chattanooga on the Move. Ghosts of the Southern Tennessee Valley is her first book.
Georgiana lives in Dunlap, Tennessee, in a 120-year-old house. She shares her farm with two donkeys, Pancho and Juanita; Farkle the duck and his flock; Bossy the cow and her herd of 30 bovines; two dogs, Sandy Ann and Noodle; two cats; one horse; and four hens.