Experts on Regional Topics
Pam Baggett is a freelance writer and photographer who lectures on tropicals and other garden topics. Her articles have appeared in publications including Fine Gardening, Horticulture, and The American Gardener, and she has won a Quill and Trowel award from the Garden Writers Association.
Dave Boehnlein serves as the education director at Bullock's Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island, Washington. He is also the principal and a founder of Terra Phoenix Design, where he helps clients around the globe achieve their sustainability goals through integrated master planning.
Paul Bonine is a garden writer, lecturer, and owner of the wholesale specialty plant nursery Xera Plants, in Portland, Oregon. He has consulted for NPR, the Sunset Western Garden Book, and The Oregonian. When not in his nursery, Paul lectures on topics including low-water gardening, unusual vines, and deer-resistant gardening.
Kate Bryant lives and gardens in Portland, Oregon. She has contributed to gardening books, newspapers, and magazines including Portland Monthly, where her column, Dig, and gardening blog, Plantwise, appear.
Scott Calhoun is an award-winning author and garden designer based in Tucson, Arizona, and the author of several award-winning gardening books. He writes a monthly garden column for Sunset magazine and has written for most national gardening magazines. In his design practice, he incorporates cactus into every residential space and sees them as the plant family of the future — especially in arid parts of the world.
James Luther Davis is a naturalist for Metro Regional Parks and Greenspaces and for Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Areas. He also teaches and guides tours for the Portland chapter of the National Audubon Society. He holds a master's degree in zoology from Colorado State University.
Alan L. Detrick is a professional photographer whose images of nature and gardens appear in media worldwide. He has lectured and conducted photography workshops at Longwood Gardens, the New York Botanical Garden, and Chanticleer Gardens, as well as for the American Horticultural Society, the Garden Club of America, and the Garden Writers Association, which named him a Fellow in 2005.
Pacific Northwest historian and archivist Richard H. Engeman graduated from Reed College and holds graduate degrees from the University of Oregon and from the University of Washington. Formerly public historian of the Oregon Historical Society, he serves on the Portland Landmarks Commission and on the board of the Oregon Museums Association and the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program and is the principal of Oregon Rediviva, a historical writing and consulting firm.
Augustus Jenks Farmer's vision for reflective, soulful gardening guided gardeners, craftsmen, volunteers, and scientists to create two lauded public botanical gardens as well as art museums, city parks, and private enclaves. His connoisseurs' nursery promoted the renaissance of the crinum lily, a forgotten, beloved plant of early American gardens. Today, he ships organically grown crinum lilies all over the country.
Before moving to Portland, Oregon in 2004, Tom was the editor of Horticulture magazine in Boston, Massachusetts. His experiences as a bi-coastal gardener and his inexhaustible curiosity about plants have shaped his new garden, which in 2008 was profiled in The Oregonian. A prolific writer as well as an editor, his articles have been featured in magazines such as Garden Design, Gardens Illustrated, and Martha Stewart Living.
Lorene Edwards Forkner is an award-winning garden designer who lives, gardens, writes, and designs in the Pacific Northwest. Her writing has appeared in several national and regional publications including Organic Gardening, Pacific Horticulture, MaryJane's Farm, Northwest Garden News, and Edible Seattle.
As a self-professed forensic pedestrian who honed her craft in Portland, Laura O. Foster writes about Oregon's urban centers, small towns, and natural areas. With wit and insight, she tells the stories — geologic, architectural, botanical, and arcane — of this topographically diverse and beautiful state.
Roger Gossler grew up in Springfield, Oregon, and currently is the buyer and main grower for Gossler Farms Nursery. He avidly researches what is new in the trade and worthy of inclusion in the nursery's catalog, and he speaks regularly to garden groups around the country.
Kristin Green first unearthed a passion for gardening while on the West Coast earning degrees in art and painting from the University of Washington. Now back on native soil, she is a full-time, year-round gardener serving as interpretive horticulturist, garden blogger, and photographer at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, a 33-acre non-profit public garden in Bristol, Rhode Island.
National speaker and award-winning author of four gardening books, including Beautiful No-Mow Yards, Evelyn Hadden encourages property owners to convert unused, unloved lawns to more rewarding landscapes. Evelyn founded the informational website LessLawn and is a founding member of the national Lawn Reform Coalition, as well as a partner at the lauded and provocative team blog GardenRant.
Daniel J. Hinkley writes for numerous horticultural publications and is in high demand as a speaker throughout North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. He has been awarded the Scott Medal, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award, and the Veitch Memorial Medal, among others. He serves as horticultural consultant to Monrovia Growers and to several design firms, including Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Portico, and The Berger Partnership.
Longtime Master Gardener Marie Iannotti is the former owner of Yore Vegetables, an heirloom seedling nursery. She is the former editor of The Mid-Hudson Gardener's Guide., and her garden writing has been featured in newspapers and magazines nationwide.
LaManda Joy is an award-winning Master Gardener and the founder and executive director of Peterson Garden Project, which manages seven community gardens and nearly three thousand gardeners in Chicago, Illinois.
Anthony Kahtz holds a Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Illinois, and has gardened around the world. He has published articles in American Gardener, and has lectured at the American Society for Horticultural Science and the Southern Nursery Association.
Lawrence Kreisman holds master's degrees in architecture from the University of Washington, and in English literature from the University of Chicago. His lectures and tours on late nineteenth and early twentieth century design and architecture take place throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Roger J. Lederer is an emeritus professor of biological sciences who taught courses in ornithology and ecology for four decades. He has published more than twenty peer-reviewed scientific publications and written or coauthored six books on birds.
Edward Lyon is director of Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. He is a feature writer for Chicagoland Gardening, writes the Ask the Expert column and feature articles for Wisconsin Gardening magazine, and is a frequent keynote speaker.
Roger Marshall is the editor of Home Greenhouse magazine, the magazine of the Hobby Greenhouse Association, and a member of the Garden Writers Association, the Ocean State Orchid Association, and the Rhode Island Dahlia Society. He is also the author of How to Build Your Own Greenhouse.
Marta McDowell lives, gardens, and writes in Chatham, New Jersey. She writes and lectures on gardening topics and teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, where she studied landscape design. She also consults for public gardens and private clients. Her particular interest is in authors and their gardens, the connection between the pen and the trowel.
Sarah Baker Munro is past president of the board of Friends of Timberline Lodge, and has been voted the historian of Timberline Lodge by Friends of Timberline. She has appeared on several public broadcasting television segments related to lodges in the Pacific Northwest.
Mary Ann Newcomer has gained a regional following with her blog, Gardens of the Wild Wild West. She is an accomplished horticulturist, garden designer, and the former president of the Idaho Botanical Garden.
Kathleen O'Brien is a nationally recognized expert in the field of sustainable design, construction, and development. A prolific writer — and a highly sought-after guest speaker on green building issues — she has published over one hundred articles on topics related to her field.
Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden lecture internationally, emphasizing plant diversity and ecological attunement. They draw inspiration from studying wild plants in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Europe, and South Africa. They have spoken at most major botanic gardens, public gardens, and arboreta in the United States.
Kali Robson has been attracted to plants since childhood, when she first gardened with her father. Her deepest interests involve the philosophy of science and evolutionary theory, and she wrote monthly columns on gardening with northwest natives for The Columbian in Vancouver, Washington.
Kathy Guest Shadrack has gardened passionately in Western New York for over 25 years and has maintained collections of hostas, irises, and daylilies. A former secretary of the American Iris Society, she is currently the secretary of the American Hosta Society.
Kathleen Smith is a project architect, sustainability/LEED consultant, and project manager with over 13 years of professional experience. She is an experienced and sought after speaker and teacher on sustainable design, and is a faculty member with the U.S. Green Building Council.
Lynn M. Steiner has been a professional garden writer since 1987, focusing her writing since 2003 on native plants and how to bring them into home landscapes. She is the author of several articles and three books about landscaping with native plants in the Midwest, and is a regular contributor to Northern Gardener magazine. As a popular speaker, she travels extensively in the Midwest, visiting natural areas, native plant landscapes, and botanical gardens.
A frequent lecturer for horticultural and natural resource organizations, Guy Sternberg holds the official oak genus Quercus living reference collection for North America. He was the first president of the International Oak Society and is a life member of the International Dendrology Society.
Caroline T. Swope is an instructor of art and architectural history at Seattle Central Community College, and has worked on preservation projects at the federal and local levels. Caroline is active in local historical organizations such as the Society of Architectural Historians.
Mark Turner is a professional photographer who specializes in gardens and native plant environments. He combines a strong sense of photographic design, attention to detail, curiosity about both native and garden plants, and more than 30 years of exploring native plants in their environments.
Ira Wallace lives and gardens at Acorn Community Farm in Mineral, Virginia — the home of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she coordinates variety selection and seed growers. Ira serves on the board of the Organic Seed Alliance and is also a co-organizer of the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello.
Jessica Walliser cohosts The Organic Gardeners on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her column "The Good Earth" appears twice weekly in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and she is a regular contributor to Fine Gardening, Urban Farm, Popular Farming, Hobby Farms, and Hobby Farm Home magazines.
Bobby J. Ward travels extensively in order to interview modern plant explorers and see the landscape and locations where they do their species collecting. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and a sweet, peaceful dedication to his private gardens.
Owner of Canyon Creek Nursery and Design in northern California, John Whittlesey is a nurseryman, garden designer, landscape contractor, and avid amateur photographer. As a specialty grower and a designer, he enjoys interesting plants and creating attractive, water-conserving gardens that provide habitat for people and wildlife.
Marty Wingate is a Seattle-based writer and speaker about gardens and travel. She is the author of three other books and contributes articles to Landscape Architecture, American Gardener, Country Gardens, and Gardening How-To.