Melissa Borel is program manager at the California Center for Urban Horticulture, where she helps Californians develop more sustainable gardens, landscapes, and public parks.
Joe Eck is the co-authors of three books, with Wayne Winterrowd that are derived from their garden, North Hill, in southern Vermont; they also lecture widely on garden design. They admit to being heavily influenced by California, its nurseries, and its horticultural community.
Wayne Winterrowd is the co-authors of three books, with Joe Eck that are derived from their garden, North Hill, in southern Vermont; they also lecture widely on garden design. They admit to being heavily influenced by California, its nurseries, and its horticultural community.
William Grant is a garden writer and photographer based in Aptos, California, where he maintains an extensive collection of roses and other plants. An avid rosarian, he lectures around the world on his favorite subject, was a consultant for Botanica’s Roses, and edited the paperback edition.
Russell A Beatty is a consulting landscape architect in Santa Cruz, California, retired from the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught for twenty-eight years in the Department of Landscape Architecture. He serves on the Screening Committee for the Garden Conservancy.
Glenn Withey and Charles Price have been resident curators of Seattle’s Dunn Gardens since 1997. Avid plantsmen with a passion for planting design, they are involved in the planning of the new NPA Borders at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, write and lecture widely, and maintain a garden design business for the horticulturally obsessed.
Charles Price and Glenn Withey have been resident curators of Seattle’s Dunn Gardens since 1997. Avid plantsmen with a passion for planting design, they are involved in the planning of the new NPA Borders at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, write and lecture widely, and maintain a garden design business for the horticulturally obsessed.
Dave Egbert is both a firefighter and a gardener on the Big Sur coast of California. His experience as a nurseryman, writer, and speaker are part of a multimedia effort to encourage sustainable practices in the landscape without sacrificing aesthetics. He volunteers as a firefighter with Big Sur Volunteer Fire, while he shares more garden ideas at www.firesafegarden.com.
Matt Ritter is a professor in the Biology Department and director of the Plant Conservatory at California Polytechnic University, San Louis Obispo. “I want to help people know the trees in their city. Not just see them as green blobs,” says this disciple of street tree diversity. Ritter is the author of A Californian’s Guide to the Trees Among Us (Heyday Books, 2011) and The Plants of San Louis Obispo, Their Lives and Stories (Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2008). He is the chair of the City of San Luis Obispo Tree Committee, and editor-in-chief of Madroño, the journal of the California Botanical Society.
Richie Steffen is curator of horticulture for the Elisabeth C Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle, where he manages the rare plant collections and leads the acquisition of new plants. He is an active member of numerous horticultural societies in the area and lectures widely about garden-worthy plants.
Craig Latker attended the University of California at Davis and Berkeley, receiving a degree in Landscape Architecture from Berkeley in 1983. He has over 20 years experience working as a landscape designer.
He has worked at a large interior landscape installation company and a boutique landscape design firm specializing in large estates and country homes. Seven years ago he founded Latker Design Solutions, where he specializes in residential projects of varying size. Craig has expertise in a wide range of design styles — from classic Provencal and English cottage, to mid-century modern, to ultra contemporary.
Craig is also a professional illustrator and designer, and has done work for non-profit organizations and publications such as Pacific Horticulture, the Nature Conservancy, Strybing Arboretum, and the University of California at Davis.
Frederique Lavoipierre is the volunteer manager at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. She also teaches classes and workshops on many aspects of sustainable landscaping, including ecological principles, habitat gardens, beneficial insects, soil ecology, fresh-water ecology, and aquatic invertebrates.
Judith M Taylor, a retired Oxford-trained neurologist, now practices history without a license in San Francisco. She has published several books, most recently The Global Migrations of Ornamental Plants: How the World Got into Your Garden (2009). The begonia story is part of a future book on plant breeders and their obsessions.
Mary Wilbur, a native of Wales, worked in the field of psychiatric care, and has gardened in England and New York. She is now active with the Greater Trinidad Garden Club in Trinidad, California, where she has lived and gardened for more than a decade.
Richard G Turner Jr is the editor emeritus of Pacific Horticulture. After receiving degrees in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Michigan more than thirty years ago, he escaped to California, where he has worked in the fields of garden design, public garden education and administration, and garden publishing. His small, chemical-free San Francisco garden provides habitat for wildlife while serving as a test ground for mediterranean-climate plants.
Susan Olsen is the proprietor of Foliage Gardens, a mail order fern nursery specializing in temperate ferns, and author of Encyclopedia of Garden Ferns (Timber Press, 2007).
Ellen Zagory is director of horticulture at the UC Davis Arboretum, where she frequently lectures on bringing wildlife into the garden.