Leslie Davis

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 


Christine Casey

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

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

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

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

Pat Dressendorfer is an avid naturalist and educator who enjoys being outdoors in places where native plants still thrive.


Patricia Carpenter

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, IOM

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.


Peggy Smith

Peggy Smith is a UCCE Yolo County Master Gardener and board member of the Board of Directors Central Park Gardens.