Puck Erickson is a landscape architect and co-founder of Arcadia Studio (www.arcadiastudio.com), a team of landscape professionals with offices in Santa Barbara, California and Phoenix, Arizona. A resident of Santa Ynez Valley for many years, Puck has gardened since childhood and thrills at the opportunity to put client, site, and plants together in a sustainable landscape.
Valerie Easton, a garden writer for the Seattle Times, is also the author of several books on gardens and gardeners. She manages a small but highly productive garden in Langley, Washington; there, she first began to appreciate the value of designing for low maintenance, resulting in her latest book, The NEW Low-Maintenance Garden (Timber Press 2009).
Eileen Shields’ early gardening years were spent in Western Pennsylvania where her mother, Mildred, grew nearly everything the family ate and, come September, had canned, pickled, or frozen anything that wasn’t moving. Eileen has, so far, resisted the temptation to revisit this tradition, thanks to the ever-present snails in her garden.
Suzanne Biaggi combines her training in sculpture with her love for landscapes in her design/project consultation studio, S.BIAGGI/sculptural landscapes (www.sbiaggi.com), in San Francisco and Petaluma, California. She has recently become certified in Permaculture Design and is now also a Green Roof Consultant.
Max Howard, a senior at Bard College, has been volunteering for OBUGS since he was ten years old. He has contributed in such capacities as teaching assistant, funding researcher, editorial writer, and garden hand; he plans to continue his work with OBUGS in the future.
Paul Bonine is a garden writer, lecturer, and owner of the wholesale specialty plant nursery Xera Plants, in Portland, Oregon. A lifelong plant man, Paul has worked in the nursery industry for nearly twenty years and consulted for NPR, the Sunset Western Garden Book, and The Oregonian. He is the author of Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden (Timber Press, 2009).
Paul lectures on low-water gardening, unusual vines, and deer-resistant gardening. He lives in Portland, where he tests and selects new and useful plants for Pacific Northwest gardens.
Laurel Woodley is a retired biology professor at the community college level. Long interested in Southern California native plants and in desertadapted plants, she is active with many cactus and succulent groups. She has taken a lead role in verifying the identity of all the plants at the South Coast Botanical Garden in Palos Verdes, California.
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.
Linda Beutler is a garden writer, lecturer, floral designer, and educator from Portland, Oregon, where she serves as curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection, now housed at Luscher Farm. She is author of Gardening with Clematis: Design and Cultivation and Garden to Vase: Growing and Using Your Own Cut Flowers (both Timber Press).
Marie Barnidge-McIntyre is the staff horticulturist for Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach, California, and did the majority of the research on trees for the restoration of the historic orchard there. She also operates Gardens by Design, a consulting firm, from her home in Thousand Oaks, California.
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.