Zann Cannon Goff works at Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco as buyer/coordinator for the design team, and is a freelance gardener certified in landscape design and maintenance, nursery center operation, and cut flower production. “That’s school study; the real education comes in exploring what’s around me and sharing my vision. Thoreau said, ‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.’” Follow Zann’s blog at www.bozannical.wordpress.com.
Andrea Watts is a graduate student at the University of Washington studying silviculture and science communication, combining her enjoyment of writing and forests. When she’s not doing fieldwork for her Master’s thesis, she purses freelance writing. Andrea has been published in The Daily World and is pending publication in The Pet Connection Magazine.
Old Goat Farmhttp://oldgoatfarm.com/
Greg Graves is the former head gardener at the Miller Botanic Garden in Seattle, Washington. He has a BS in Environmental Science and an AA in Landscape Design and Ornamental Horticulture. Prior to his passion for horticulture, he worked for Burlington Northern for many years. Greg is currently serving as president of the Pacific Horticulture Society board of directors. Today Greg and his partner Gary Waller, own Old Goat Farm in Orting, Washington, where they tend choice plants, chickens, turkeys, ducks, goats, and other living things. www.oldgoatfarm.com.
Bill Marken was editor-in-chief of Sunset and Garden Design magazines. He now is writing for several print and online publications, including Garden Design and Landscape Architecture magazine, for which he writes a column called “Palette,” which describes how landscape architects design with plants.
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.
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.
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.
Shirley Watts Landscapinghttp://www.sawattsdesign.com/
Shirley Watts is principal of sawattsdesign, an award winning design/build firm that works in gardens all over the Bay Area.
Debra Prinzing is the author of six books including The 50 Mile Bouquet: Local, Seasonal and Sustainable Flowers (St. Lynn’s Press, April 2012), created with Seattle photographer David Perry. Her feature stories on architecture and design appear regularly in the Los Angeles Times’ Home section. Debra’s new book, a solo project called slow flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm, also from St. Lynn’s Press, will be published in February 2013. www.debraprinzing.com.
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.
Lee Neff is a garden writer and occasional contributor to Pacific Horticulture. She lives and gardens in Kingston, Washington, where she is active with the Flotsam and Jetsam Garden Club and the Northwest Horticultural Society. Her husband John M Neff, MD, is director of the Center for Children with Special Needs at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Both Lee and John have been enthusiastic supporters of the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden.
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.