Clayton Tschudy is a landscape consultant working on homeowner, commercial, and civic projects. He recently served as the Development Director for Tree San Diego, and as Director of Horticulture at the Water Conservation Garden, and is a well-respected expert in California native plants and wildlife habitat gardening.
Shelagh Fritz is program manager of Alcatraz Gardens. Find out how you can get involved with restoring the Historic Gardens of Black Point by contacting her at email@example.com.
Maggie Lee is an educator and proprietor of Terra Flora – a garden design company. Whatever the style in romancing the regional, our essential aim is creating visual cohesiveness—a setting at ease with its surrounding. Through thoughtful design, thorough cultivation and a resilient, beautiful, innovative plant palette, we marry inspiration with sustainability. www.gardengaia.com
Sue Milliken and Kelly Dodson are the owners of Far Reaches Farm, a rare plant specialty nursery in Port Townsend, Washington. Sue and Kelly are also the founders of Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy, a nonprofit organization committed to acquiring and conserving horticulturally and botanically important plants, and sharing information about their collection.
Cassy Aoyagi serves as a board member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s thought-leading Los Angeles Chapter. She is an accredited designer in USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and SITEs programs and the former board president of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants. Aoyagi is president of FormLA Landscaping where she aims to transform even L.A.’s urban spaces into vibrantly beautiful, optimally sustainable, places to connect with nature.
Henri Bensussen has published poems and stories in various journals and anthologies, including Sinister Wisdom and Bridges; a poetry chapbook, “Earning Colors” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2015. She earned a B.A. in Biology from UCSC, tho it took a long time. Over the past 17 years, she developed a large garden in Fort Bragg, on the Mendocino Coast, but now lives in a small apartment where roof rats have reduced the few potted plants on her balcony to nubs.
Amy Campion is a freelance writer, editor, and photographer based in Portland, Oregon where she is an active member of the Hardy Plant Society. Amy writes for an online tree retailer and, along with Paul Bonine, is co-author of Gardening in the Pacific Northwest: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide from Timber Press. www.amycampion.com.
Matthew Stephens grew up in central Illinois, went to school in Illinois and Delaware, lived in New York City for a decade and moved out to San Francisco two years ago. He leads the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers and San Francisco Botanical Garden, both located in world-renowned Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
Roxanne Perkins is marketing manager at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
STEPHANIE PENN is a documentary photographer based in the Bay Area. She studied Geology and Studio Art at Cornell College and loves combining her background in visual art and science to communicate stories about California’s nature, plants, and wildlife. She is currently studying at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism with a focus on science and the environment.
JEN AND HILARY BAYER grew up in the Magic residential service learning community. They love being outdoors, enjoying and caring for nature. For more than 15 years, they’ve participated in Planting for the Second Hundred Years. Recently, they’ve initiated a biodiversity conservation project called the Silicon Valley Barcode of Life. They’ve been featured in Palo Alto Weekly and Bike Intelligencer stories. www.ecomagic.com.