Wrapping up Garden Allies

10 years of conservation biological control

Red Wiggler (Eisenia fetida Illustration: Craig Latker

Red Wiggler (Eisenia fetida) Illustration: Craig Latker

Did you know that Oregon and Washington are “home to giant (but elusive) earthworms, said to smell strongly of lilies”? Neither did I until I read ‘Garden Allies: Earthworms’ in the winter 2009 issue of Pacific Horticulture. This fall we’ll publish the 40th, and final, story in the Garden Allies series. For ten years (!!) Frederique Lavoipierre has shared her enthusiastic perspective and knowledge. Her remarkable stories, accompanied by illustrations by Craig Latker, are a valuable and lasting resource in our archives. We can’t thank these contributors enough for the remarkable body of work they’ve created and the many ways in which they’ve enriched our knowledge about lesser-known garden inhabitants.

So, from lady beetles to humans, enjoy, marvel, and wonder at biological controls and Garden Allies at work in our landscapes.


Frederique Lavoipierre is Director of Education at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. She also teaches classes and workshop on many aspects of sustainable landscaping, including ecological principles, habitat gardens, beneficial insects, soil ecology, fresh-water ecology, and aquatic invertebrates. You can connect with Garden Allies on Facebook and with iNaturalist.

Craig Latker is a San Francisco-based professional illustrator and designer with a degree in Landscape Architecture from University California Berkeley. In addition to the work he has done for Pacific Horticulture, Craig has contributed to the Nature Conservancy, Strybing Arboretum, and the University of California at Davis. You can connect with Craig at Latker Design Solutions.