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Speakers from California

Lisa Lee Benjamin

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.

Arden Bucklin-Sporer

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.

Whitney Cohen

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.

Colby Eierman

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.

John Fisher

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.

Saxon Holt

Saxon Holt is widely recognized as one of the top photographers in the world of garden photography. He has worked for magazines as diverse as Pacific Horticulture and Architectural Digest, and over the past 20 years he has won awards for his magazine work, calendars, books and his portfolio, including four awards from the Garden Writers of America.

Roger Lederer

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.

Matthew Levesque

A pioneer in the art of using recycled materials in cutting-edge garden design, Matthew Levesque is the program director and master of recycled art at the nonprofit San Francisco company Building Resources and the Red Shovel Glass Company. He has appeared on HGTV, the Discovery Channel, the San Francisco CBS affiliate, and other local broadcasts.

Rachel Kathleen Pringle

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.

Barry A. Rice

Fascinated by observing carnivorous plants in the wild, Barry A. Rice travels throughout the U.S. to photograph these plants. He encourages plant enthusiasts to support only nurseries that do not collect their stock from the field.

Fern Richardson

Fern Richardson is the creator of the popular and critically-acclaimed garden blog, Life on the Balcony. A master gardener, amateur photographer, and garden designer, she lives in Long Beach, California, on a balcony with her many plants.

Steve Sando

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

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

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.

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.

Beth O'Donnell Young

Beth O'Donnell Young is the owner of Beth Young Garden Design, a residential landscape design firm. She has taught do-it-yourself landscaping classes for nearly ten years.