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Experts on Annuals and Perennials

Allan M. Armitage

Regarded as one of the world's foremost horticulturists, Allan M. Armitage travels as a lecturer and consultant. Charming and lively as well as knowledgeable, Allan is in constant demand as a speaker, and sees working with plants as therapeutic, exciting, and creative.

Tony Avent

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.

Linda Beutler

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.

Colston Burrell

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.

Karen Bussolini

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.

Linda Chalker-Scott

Linda Chalker-Scott is an associate professor and extension urban horticulturist at Washington State University. She has written three other books and has published extensively in American Nurseryman, Organic Gardening, Fine Gardening, and more.

Ruth Rogers Clausen

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.

Stephanie Cohen

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.

David Deardorff

David Deardorff is a botanist and expert plant pathologist. He earned his Ph.D. in botany from the University of Washington. He coordinated plant pathology research at the University of Hawaii and served as faculty adviser to the Master Gardener program at Washington State University.

Roy Diblik

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.

Tracy DiSabato-Aust

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.

Augustus Jenkins Farmer

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.

Tom Fischer

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.

Kristin Green

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.

Dan Heims

Dan Heims has been deeply involved in horticulture since 1974 and has lectured worldwide. He is currently the president of Terra Nova Nurseries and has been published in American Gardener, Garden Design, and Horticulture magazines to name a few.

Mary Irish

Mary Irish is a prominent voice in southwestern horticulture. She once hosted a weekly Phoenix-based radio show called "The Arizona Gardener," and has appeared on countless news and lifestyle programs on television regarding desert gardening.

Anthony W. Kahtz

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.

Andrew Keys

Andrew Keys is a writer, lifelong gardener, and author of Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?. Andrew's writing has appeared in This Old House Magazine and Fine Gardening, and he's produced podcasts for Fine Gardening and Horticulture Magazine.

Noel Kingsbury

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

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

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

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.

Malcolm McGregor

Malcolm McGregor is a professional teacher and has grown saxifrages for almost 25 years. An enthusiastic lecturer on alpine plants and gardening, he has twice undertaken lecture tours across North America for the North American Rock Garden Club.

Mary Ann Newcomer

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.

Kelly D. Norris

Kelly Norris is a horticulturist, plant breeder, and plantsman who lives in Des Moines, Iowa. He and his family own Rainbow Iris Farm, and he is currently the horticultural manager at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. As a speaker he has garnered national acclaim for his presentations of information and personal stories that share his love and knowledge of horticulture.

Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden

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.

Graham Rice

Graham Rice is a distinguished international garden writer and is unique in having won three awards for his writing in the USA, as well as three in the UK. Trained at the prestigious Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, he is editor-in-chief of the American Horticultural Society's Encyclopedia of Perennials and the author of more than twenty books, and he runs the Royal Horticultural Society's New Plants blog as well as his Transatlantic Gardener blog.

Michael Shadrack

Michael Shadrack is a photographer with more than six thousand hosta images in his library. He is an active member of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and the American Hosta Society, and has assumed leadership roles in both organizations. Michael regularly lectures on hostas in North America and Europe, and is an avid hybridizer as well.

L. Clarence Towe

L. Clarence Towe is eminently qualified to introduce American azaleas into gardens, and sets out each year with renewed anticipation of spotting new and uncultivated varieties. He meets remarkable plant enthusiasts and tells great stories about plant hunting.

Jennifer Trehane

Jennifer Trehane's lifelong passion for camellias stems from her involvement in the family nursery business. Trehane is now one of three directors of the International Camellia Society and travels widely all over the world to see camellias growing in gardens and in the wild.

Judith Knott Tyler

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.

Kathryn Wadsworth

Kathryn Wadsworth is a writer, photographer, and naturalist, who enjoys sharing the wonders of the natural world with others. Currently, she can be found presenting workshops around the United States on a wide variety of topics, from gardening to ecology.

Ira Wallace

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

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.

John Whittlesey

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.

Ellen Zachos

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.