Alexandra Harker and Nicki Copley are co-founders of Field Collective, a San Francisco-based landscape architecture practice centered on design for ecological resilience. Since coming together in 2020 as Field Collective, Alex and Nicki have collaborated on the community-based Eco Patch project in Potrero Hill, San Francisco, as well as multiple residential projects within the wider Bay Area. Their friendship, and a shared commitment to innovation and environmental stewardship creates a solid foundation for their work.
Leslie Davis, Willamette-blooded, Douglas fir and fern raised, makes gardens for nature’s winged-ones: bumblebees, chickadees, and your burdened mind flying free. Find out more about her business, Whole Gardens, a family run landscape design and installation business in Eugene Oregon at www.wholegardensnw.com
Dr. Casey holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in entomology and has 30 years’ experience working with ornamental plant producers and managers. Since 2012 she has managed Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven plant curation, education and outreach and conducts research to evaluate ornamental plants for their value as bee forage.
Gerhard Bock lives in Davis, CA and chronicles his plant and gardening adventures on his blog Succulents and More. He hasn’t yet met a succulent he doesn’t like.
All photos by Gerhard Bock
Antoine Kunsch is the Community Resilience Coordinator of the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains and a Doctoral Candidate in Environmental Science and Engineering at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. His dissertation focuses on reducing wildfire risk in wildland-urban interface communities of Southern California.
Elisa Read Pappaterra is the Horticultural Specialist at RIOS, a multidisciplinary design firm based in Los Angeles. Elisa’s landscape focused research and designs emphasize all site components and context from soil to wildlife.
Pat Dressendorfer is an avid naturalist and educator who enjoys being outdoors in places where native plants still thrive.
Patricia Carpenter is a California Native Plant Society Garden Ambassador who has enjoyed inspiring gardeners of all ages and skill levels for over 30 years.
Susan E. Yoder is the executive director of Seed Your Future, the national movement to promote horticulture and encourage more people to pursue careers working with plants.