Experts on Edible Plants
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.
Andrea Bellamy is a garden writer, creator of the blog Heavy Petal, and columnist for Edible Vancouver magazine. She lives in Vancouver, Canada, where she grows a wide range of organic edibles wherever she can find space.
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.
Arden Bucklin-Sporer is the executive director of the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance, an advocacy organization for school gardens and outdoor classrooms. She is the director of educational gardens for the San Francisco Unified School District, and a founding partner of Bay Tree Design, a landscape architecture firm.
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.
Dave DeWitt has written more than 30 books on peppers. Chair of the board of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Dave is an adjunct associate professor at New Mexico State University. His media company, Sunbelt Shows, Inc., produces the annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show.
Colby Eierman designs and manages diverse garden and farm projects, providing his clients with craft-grown produce of the highest quality. Colby has years of experience working for restaurants, wineries and individuals to create landscapes that are both beautiful and productive. He is co-founder of the School Garden Project in Lane County, Oregon and has built many educational gardens for youth and adult audiences. Colby also raises chickens, cows, sheep and other livestock as part of integrated farm operations.
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.
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.
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.
Barbara Perry Lawton, an award-winning writer, author, speaker, and photographer, has published over 1,500 articles. She has earned regional and national honors for her writing and photography, and has served as president of the Garden Writers Association.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Through his company, Rancho Gordo, Steve Sando’s seed saving, bean production, and marketing efforts provide professional and home chefs with heirloom beans that would otherwise have been lost to history. Food + Wine magazine placed Steve “at the forefront of the current seed-saving movement.” Steve lives in Napa where he grows more than 25 varieties of heirloom beans; he travels frequently throughout the Americas collecting beans, friends, and adventures. His previous book, with Vanessa Barrington, was Heirloom Beans (Chronicle, 2008).
Christopher Shein has started dozens of community, school, and market gardens. He teaches permaculture at Merritt Community College where he helped develop the award-winning student farm. Shein also owns Wildheart Gardens, a permaculture landscape business that designs and builds sustainable gardens.
Ivette Soler is a garden designer and writer living in Los Angeles, California. Ivette's garden writing has been featured in Garden Design, Cottage Living, and Budget Living, and she was the resident gardening expert on NBC's The Bonnie Hunt Show. Her popular gardening blog, The Germinatrix, originated in 2006 as a part of Domino magazine.
Judith Sumner is a popular lecturer for botanical and horticultural organizations, ranging from various garden clubs to the New York Botanical Garden. Her lectures are attended by inquisitive students of all ages, and she has been honored with awards for excellence in teaching.
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 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.