Winnie Hwo

Winnie Hwo is a Senior Public Engagement Specialist with the David Suzuki Foundation in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

As a journalist, Winnie was trained to keep an open mind. As a public engagement specialist, she learned to never under-estimate the generosity of people. Working with volunteers from the Butterflyway Project and Sustainable Diversity Network, Winnie is hopeful we will be the solution to nature as we all want the same thing – a clean and vibrant environment for ourselves and our loved ones.


Noel Kingsbury

Dr. Noel Kingsbury is an acclaimed garden designer, writer and long-time collaborator of the renowned designer Piet Oudolf. With Annie Guilfoyle he runs the highly successful Garden Masterclass. Noel is a leading figure in naturalistic planting design and writes widely on this and related topics.

Join Pacific Horticulture and Noel Kingsbury Live for the Release of his latest book, Gardens Under Big Skies: Reimagining Outdoor Space the Dutch Way, on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, starting at 12:00 p.m. PT – click here for more information


Val Schaefer

Val Schaefer is a retired Associate Professor from the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria and the former Academic Administrator of Ecological Restoration Programs. His research and practice focused on nature in cities using an approach combining ecology, natural history and landscape architecture. Val is the author of Urban Biodiversity: Exploring Natural Habitat and its Value in Cities, Restoration Walks in Greater Victoria, and Victoria’s Urban Forest.


Alison Sant

Alison Sant is a partner and co-founder of the Studio for Urban Projects, an interdisciplinary design collaborative based in San Francisco that works at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, art, and social activism. For more than 15 years, the Studio has focused on public programming, urban prototyping, and civic dialog—aiming to bring equity and sustainability to the design of cities. In her role as partner, Sant was a design captain for the Market Street Prototyping Festival, a designer-in-residence at the Exploratorium’s Bay Observatory, and a member of the Bionic team for the Bay Area Resilient By Design Challenge. She received a BFA from New York University in photography and interactive telecommunications, and her Master’s in Design from the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley.


Dr. Donald A. Rakow

Don Rakow is an associate professor of horticulture in the Cornell School of Integrative Plant Science.  He served as Executive Director of Cornell Botanic Gardens between 1996 – 2013.  He leads or co-leads the Cornell MPS program in Public Garden Leadership, the Nature Rx@Cornell program, and the Campus Nature Rx Network.  He is lead author of ‘Public Garden Management’ (Wiley & Sons, 2011), ‘Nature Rx: Improving College Student Mental Health’ (Cornell Univ. Press, 2019), and ‘Public Gardens and Livable Cities’ (Cornell Univ. Press, 2021).  He conducts research and writes on the human benefits of time in nature.  He and his wife Sue live and garden in Ithaca, NY.


David McBride

David McBride is a Senior Project Manager with OAC Services, having over 15 years of engineering and project management experience.  As a design and construction professional, David enjoys collaborating with public and private partners to help inform early planning efforts through practical experience.  David values social justice, environmental conservation, and education in all of his endeavors and loves working with community partners.  In his free time, David enjoys gardening, woodworking, and learning about the natural world.


Carol Adelman

Carol Adelman is enveloped by peonies: growing, speaking, photographing, showing, writing and now, hybridizing them. She founded Adelman Peony Gardens in 1996, was on the American Peony Society Board for 19 years, and currently is President of the Pacific Northwest Peony Society. She co-authored the book Peonies The Best Varieties for Your Garden and is now excited about the new varieties of peonies she is to present in the near future.


Doug Tallamy

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 103 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug’s new book ‘Nature’s Best Hope’ released by Timber Press in February 2020, is a New York Times Best Seller. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and the 2019 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.