Richard L Bitner, MD, is an anesthesiologist by day in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He also teaches about plants and gardens, and works to promote a greater appreciation for and use of conifers in the landscape. His books include Conifers for Gardens (Timber Press, 2007) and Designing with Conifers (Timber Press, 2011).
Cassandra Barrett, with husband Bryan, owns Barrett Landscaping (www.barrettlandscapeanddesign.com), near Eugene, Oregon. They are both passionate about the role of conifers in landscape design.
Rizaniño “Riz” Reyes is a plantsman and horticulturist in the Pacific Northwest. He owns and operates RHR Horticulture and Landwave Gardens in Shoreline, Washington. He is also the Soest Perennial Display gardener for the University of Washington Botanic Garden’s Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle.
Kirk Longpré is a free-lance writer with a particular interest in the relationship between music and education. He completed a thesis at Athabasca University entitled An Exploration of the Potential of Music and Narrative Song as an Instrument for Learning. He teaches at University of Victoria in British Columbia and has followed Elvin Bishop’s musical career since 1968.
Megan McCaslin, a former journalist, was introduced to the wonders of gardening by her father. As a child, she wandered with him among the oaks and camellias of their Los Angeles property, learning the Latin names of plants. She didn’t really dig in until, as a newlywed, she and her husband deemed themselves the New Orchardists, planting rare fruit trees and tending raised beds of flowers and vegetables in their Palo Alto garden.
Amanda VanDenBurgh is a director of clinical research at Allergan. Her projects include the FDA approval of Botox for spasticity; she is also the coinventor of the Latisse patent for hair growth.
Barbara Yunker is a social worker in Orange County, working in Adult Protective Services, a program for seniors and disabled persons. Barbara and Amanda have been together for twenty years, but have only begun gardening in earnest recently. The story of their garden can be seen at www.waterfriendlygarden.com.
Jennifer Jewell – executive producer and host of a weekly, local NPR and web-based garden program for interior Northern California: In a North State Garden (www.Jewellgarden.com). She works and gardens with her family in Chico, California.
Jason Dewees is a writer and horticulturist in San Francisco, where he works at Flora Grubb Gardens as blog editor (FloraGrubb.com) and staff horticulturist. He also writes the Palm Broker blog (palmbroker.com) and is a contributing editor to Garden Design. He serves as a horticultural advisor to the San Francisco Botanical Garden and Conservatory of Flowers.
Lisa is Principal of Evo Catalyst, an environmental design and consulting firm based in San Francisco. She has worked on a wide range of projects including green roofs, constructed wetlands, green houses and large land and retreat design. Lisa is also a founding member of several organizations that support communities and a better world such as Alpine Initiatives, Deep Roots and GrowWest.
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.
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.
Dan Heims is the president and guiding spirit behind Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc, a company noted for its new introductions to horticulture, including selections of Heucheras and their kin, Echinacea, Coreopsis, and Pulmonaria. Based in Canby, Oregon, he travels the world to find new plants, lectures widely, and is the author of Heucheras and Heucherellas (Timber Press, 2005).
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.