Logan Bingle

Logan Bingle is a landscape designer in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture in 2012. His passion is exploring unique places where culture and nature fuse to form superb gardens and landscapes. He documents his horticultural adventures in sketches, writing and design on his blog and as the editor for the Washington ASLA newsletter and blog. In his free time, Logan enjoys hiking, running, sketching and experimenting in his garden.

Neil Bell

Neil Bell is Community Horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension, oversees the Master Gardener program in Marion and Polk counties, as well as evaluates drought-tolerant shrubs for the Willamette Valley.


Virginia Hayes

Virginia Hayes is Curator of the Living Collection at Ganna Walska Lotusland in Santa Barbara, California, where she is responsible for maintaining plant records for the extensive plant collections. Virginia holds a Master’s degree from University California Santa Barbara where she did research on the unique floral characters of lotuses (Nelumbo nucifera) and their variation among wild populations. She writes a popular gardening column for the Santa Barbara Independent and contributes to other California and national publications.

Roy Stevenson

Roy Stevenson

Roy Stevenson is a professional freelance travel writer and photographer based in Seattle, Washington, covering travel and culture, history and historic places, food, wine and beer, hotel and spa reviews, military history and museums, military vehicles, writing, art, 
and communications. His work has appeared in this country, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. To view more of Roy’s travel articles visit his website.

Hariana Chilstrom

Hariana Chilstrom

Hariana Chilstrom is a writer, photographer, illustrator, educator, and naturalist who loves bugs and other invertebrates. A native of Portland, she currently lives in Seattle and works as a marine educator at the Seattle Aquarium. Hariana’s marine animal photos and weekly newsletter excerpts often appear on the Aquarium website. She is developing her own website featuring invertebrate natural history, pollinator ecology, and resources for home schools and other informal education venues.

Darrell Schramm

Darrell Schramm

Darrell Schramm is a recently retired professor from the University of San Francisco where he taught rhetoric, composition, and poetry for twenty years. Among the many plants in his Vallejo garden, 
he grows about 187 roses. He serves on the board of Heritage Roses Group, the oldest heirloom rose organization in the world, and edits its quarterly magazine, Rose Letter.


Jennifer Jewell

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 ( She works and gardens with her family in Chico, California.

Ann Northrup

Ann Northrup spent her undergraduate years at the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology. Her interest in plant pathology started there, but she took a five-year diversion to work in the field of medical diagnostics at Bio Rad Labs in Richmond, California, and another two years as a molecular biology research assistant at UC Irvine. Returning to plant pathology, Ann earned a master’s degree UC Berkeley. She has worked primarily in disease diagnostics of ornamental plants, first with Soil and Plant Lab in Orange, California, and then with Nurserymen’s Exchange in Half Moon Bay.

Ann currently consults privately in plant pathology and arboriculture and teaches horticulture classes at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills and Merritt College in Oakland. One of her professional pleasures is volunteering at the Sick Plant Clinic. She is also an active volunteer in the UCCE Master Gardener program for Santa Clara County. In her spare time, she enjoys playing her flute in a woodwind quintet in Saratoga and with the Saratoga Community Band conducted by her husband. And of course … she gardens.

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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.


Frederique Lavoipierre

Frederique Lavoipierre is Education Program 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.


Kate Frey

Kate Frey, a horticulturist and designer specializing in habitat gardens and edible plants, formerly managed the landscape at Fetzer Winery in Hopland, California. She teaches classes on environmentally friendly gardening and has created gold-medal gardens with her husband, Ben, at the Chelsea Flower Show, and in Japan and Malaysia. Kate’s book on bee-friendly gardening, co-authored with professor Gretchen Lebuhn, will publish in February 2016 by Ten Speed Press.