Experts on Design, Technique, and Inspiration
Kathryn Aalto is a landscape designer, historian, writer, and speaker living in Exeter, England. American by birth, she has master’s degrees in garden history and creative nonfiction with a particular interest in literary landscapes. Passionate about walking and natural history, she recently completed the Coast to Coast Walk across England with her family.
Amy Bryant Aiello studied installation art and photography at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, where she and her husband own Artemisia, a popular boutique specializing in terrariums, indoor gardens, and fine art.
Tony Avent, a well known lecturer and garden writer, founded Plant Delights Nursery to help fund Juniper Level Botanic Gardens, a display and research garden with over 11,000 plants. Tony sold plants as a young child; as an adult, selling plants is a natural extension.
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.
Jennifer R. Bartley traveled extensively throughout France to study traditional potagers (kitchen gardens), and has created her own versions for American chefs and gardeners. Emphasizing functionality and design in her work, Bartley seeks to create beautiful, vibrant gardens that embrace a simpler life.
Lisa Lee Benjamin creates and nurtures large landscapes that unite people, art, and science. The portfolio of Evo Catalyst, her San Francisco-based design consultancy, is filled with sustainable solutions for diverse animal and human habitats. She is a founding member of Alpine Initiatives, Urban Hedgerow, Growwest, and the Bay area's Green Roof Alliance.
Linda Beutler has been the curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection since 2007 and in 2013 was elected the first American president of the International Clematis Society.
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.
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.
C. Colston Burrell is an avid and lifelong gardener, garden designer, award-winning author, photographer, naturalist, and teacher. He lectures at the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia, and grows all the hellebore species in his garden near Charlottesville, Virginia.
Photographer for The Naturescaping Workbook, Karen Bussolini has been a gardener for as long as she can remember, and specializes in garden photography, writing, and lecturing. She sees connections between disciplines and has long been involved in organic, environmentally conscious gardening.
Paul Cappiello is a teacher, writer, garden designer, and gardener. Known internationally for his 20 years of research of cold tolerance, nursery production, and much more, he lectures across the country to gardeners, college classes, horticultural professionals, and academic audiences.
Rob Cardillo has been photographing gardens, plants, and the people who tend them for more than 20 years. Formerly the director of photography at Organic Gardening, he now works for major publishers, horticultural suppliers, and landscape designers throughout the United States. Visit him at www.robcardillo.com.
Ruth Rogers Clausen, a horticulturist trained in England, has been living and working in United States for many years. Over her long career she has taught and lectured widely. Former horticulture editor for Country Living Gardener, she has written several books, including 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants.
Award-winning author and horticulturist Stephanie Cohen taught herbaceous plants and perennial design at Temple University for more than twenty years. The former director of the Landscape Arboretum at Temple University, she is a contributing editor for Fine Gardening and The HGTV Newsletter.
Whitney Cohen is the education director at Life Lab and presents garden-based learning workshops for educators across the country. Her expertise in gardening with children comes from years as an environmental educator, a middle school science teacher, a teacher trainer, and, most recently, a mother.
Douglas Coltart has 15 years of garden and landscape design experience in both private and public organizations. He is known for his imaginative and often large-scale gardening schemes with an innovative use of space and materials combined with subtle planting schemes.
A founding member of Growwest and an active member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Karla Dakin specializes in artful, environmentally bold landscape architecture with an array of international projects. Plant-obsessed, Karla uses vegetation in forward-thinking ways, as exemplified by her roof garden for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.
Rick Darke is a landscape design consultant, author, lecturer, and photographer based in Pennsylvania who blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the creation and conservation of livable landscapes. Darke served on the staff of Longwood Gardens for twenty years, and in 1998 he received the Scientific Award of the American Horticultural Society.
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.
Noted plantsman and designer Roy Diblik has spent more than 30 years studying, growing, and enjoying plants. He is best known as the plantsman behind Piet Oudolf's midwestern garden designs, including the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago. He is a sought-after speaker and regularly addresses audiences across the country.
Roy C. Dicks' enthusiasm for Beverley Nichols led him to create a theatrical lecture based on Nichols's life and works that he regularly delivers to garden clubs and horticultural organizations. He has assisted Timber Press with ten reprints of Nichols's books.
Helen Dillon is revered world-wide as one of the most skilled and perceptive gardeners of our time. Much sought after as an author, broadcaster, and garden consultant, she lectures frequently in the United States and New Zealand as well as all over Britain.
Tracy DiSabato-Aust has earned international acclaim as one of America's most entertaining and knowledgeable garden writers and professional speakers. She has extensive experience in the United States and abroad with more than 35 years in the industry and is a gifted and award-winning designer who combines artistic vision with practical horticultural strategies.
Nigel Dunnett is a Reader in Urban Horticulture in the landscape department at the University of Sheffield, where he has developed innovative research programs on naturalistic and ecologically informed planting for gardens and public landscapes. He is director of The Green Roof Centre, Sheffield, and acts widely as a consultant on green roof design and planting, and sustainable garden and landscape design in general.
Valerie Easton is a weekly garden columnist for Pacific Northwest Magazine of The Seattle Times. She has contributed articles on gardens, homes, and the people who make them to a variety of magazines. Valerie trained as a Master Gardener and was for eighteen years the horticultural librarian at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Sydney Eddison has written six other books on gardening. She has been honored by National Garden Clubs Inc. with their Award of Excellence for 2010. For her work as a writer, gardener, and lecturer, she has also received several other gardening awards. Her garden has been featured in magazines and on television. A former scene designer and drama teacher, Eddison lectures widely and is a frequent contributor to Fine Gardening magazine and other publications.
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.
John Fisher is Life Lab's director of outreach and communication. He designed and helped build Life Lab's one-acre garden classroom, and has created videos and websites on garden-based learning for Life Lab and the University of California Santa Cruz Farm.
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.
For 30 years, Jo Ann Gardner and her husband operated a hand- and horse-powered farm on Cape Breton Island. They now live in the Adirondacks where they have a small farm with extensive gardens. Gardner writes, lectures, and conducts classes on herbs, heirlooms, hardy roses, and biblical flora.
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.
Jake Hobson draws upon experience with Japanese gardens and landscaping having spent two years working at a traditional nursery in the countryside outside of Osaka, Japan. He delivers lectures on Japanese pruning techniques throughout the U.K.
Love Albrecht Howard has owned her landscape and garden design business since 1994. Her design work has been featured in national magazines and on the HGTV and DIY cable networks and she has taught local adult education classes in gardening as well as chemical-free lawn and land care.
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.
Noel Kingsbury is a well-known designer, commentator, and writer on plants, gardens, landscape, and the environment. A a passionate advocate for sustainable plant combinations, he trials plants and gardens at his home on the border between England and Wales and travels widely.
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.
Tovah Martin gardens fanatically and organically both indoors and throughout her seven-acre Connecticut garden. She is the author of many classic gardening books and the recipient of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal “for extraordinary service to horticulture, especially greenhouses and indoor plants.”
Meleah Maynard is a journalist, editor, speaker, and master gardener. Her articles, essays, and columns have appeared in regional and national magazines and newspapers, including Northern Gardener, Garden, Deck & Landscape, Southwest Journal, Gardening How-To, History Channel and Midwest Home.
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.
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.
Rachel Kathleen Pringle is programs manager for the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance, as well as the urban school garden liaison for Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's school garden teacher training program in Sonoma County. She was previously a garden educator and coordinator of a public school garden in San Francisco.
Lee Reich is an avid gardener who speaks frequently at garden symposia and clubs, grower conferences, and Master Gardener workshops. Lee invites us to join him in the garden, savoring the medley of flavors that uncommon fruits offer.
Claire Sawyers is director of the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, and brings both U.S. and international perspectives to her work. The recipient of several awards, she presently serves as a commissioner for the accreditation program of the American Association of Museums.
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.
One of North America's leading landscape designers, W. Gary Smith specializes in botanical gardens and arboretums, as well as public art installations and private gardens, often weaving together local ecological and cultural themes. He has received many awards, and currently resides in Toronto.
Edmund C. Snodgrass started the first green roof nursery in the United States and has collaborated on green roof research with colleges and universities. A fifth-generation farmer and nurseryman, he is owner and president of Emory Knoll Farms Inc. and Green Roof Plants in Street, Maryland, specializing in plants and horticultural consulting for green roofs.
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.
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.
Judith Knott Tyler is an artist by training and channels her creativity into gardens, layering the forms and textures of plants into living sculptures. Judith brings a magnitude of life experience to her nursery work including time spent landscaping and producing vegetables for a communal farm in Canada.
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.
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.
Ellen Zachos lectures on houseplants for horticultural organizations around the world. As a professional photographer, she illustrates her lectures with high-quality slides. A former Broadway performer Ellen recently released her first CD combining her two passions, plants and music.