P. Annie Kirk

P. Annie Kirk runs a landscape and outdoor living design and styling business affectionately named for a lesson she learned in kindergarten. The Red Bird Restorative Gardens mantra—thriving outside and healing inside—is rooted in the rich landscape of nursery country in Aurora, Oregon. In addition to helping people find sanctuary right outside their door, Annie is currently tending to her latest garden—motherhood.


Lorraine Thomas

Lorraine Thomas has been with the Fisher House program for nine years, first as the assistant manager of the Puget Sound House and more recently as the Development Director for the non-profit that supports the House. She is grateful there are people who can design and cultivate outdoor spaces given that she was, sadly, born without a green thumb. Thomas lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter. She is currently writing her first novel.

Saxon Holt

Saxon Holt is a professional garden photographer who contributes regularly to Pacific Horticulture and is widely published in books such as Hardy Succulents, The American Meadow Garden, and Plants and Landscapes for the Summer-Dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Area. He lives and gardens in Novato, California.

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Lorene Edwards Forkner, editor

Lorene Edwards Forkner lives and gardens in Seattle where she pursues a good and delicious life filled with family and friends together with all things horticultural, believing that the really good part is in the blending of one’s passions.

Lorene is the author of five garden books including Hortus Miscellaneous (Sasquatch Books), Handmade Garden Projects, and The Timber Press Guide Vegetable Gardening: Pacific Northwest. She has been the editor of Pacific Horticulture since 2012.


Kate Frey

Kate Frey is a noted garden designer and eloquent advocate for pollinators. She designed and managed the famous organic public garden at Fetzer Vineyards, the Melissa Garden in Healdsburg, and the landscape at Lynmar Winery in Sebastopol. Her gardens won 2 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, a rare honor for an American designer. Kate currently writes for the Press Democrat newspaper and Ten Speed Press published her book, The Bee-Friendly Garden, in 2016. Her newest educational venture, The American Garden School (, debuted in 2017.