Experts on Trees and Shrubs
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.
Richard L. Bitner is a garden writer and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous national and regional magazines. He studied horticulture at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, where for many years he has been an instructor in the Continuing Education program.
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.
Michael A. Dirr, a professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia, is a legend in the horticultural world. He has received the highest honors from the American Horticultural Society, Garden Clubs of America, and the American Society for Horticultural Science, among many others. A professorship in his name has been established at the University of Georgia in recognition of his accomplishments.
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.
Aljos Farjon regularly contributes to botanical scientific journals and has published ten books and more than 120 papers mainly on conifers. He is an honorary research associate with Kew Gardens and is a member of the International Dendrology Society.
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.
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.
Nancy Ross Hugo has been writing, lecturing, and teaching about trees, native plants, and floral design for over 30 years. Her writing has appeared in Horticulture, Fine Gardening, American Forests, Country Journal, Virginia Living, and Country Life.
Donald J. Leopold, a long-standing member of the Ecological Society of America, has studied native plants for nearly 30 years. He has taught courses in dendrology, plant materials, freshwater wetland ecology, and numerous graduate seminars on conservation and restoration topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.