P. Annie Kirk runs a landscape and outdoor living design and styling business affectionately named for a lesson she learned in kindergarten. The Red Bird Restorative Gardens mantra—thriving outside and healing inside—is rooted in the rich landscape of nursery country in Aurora, Oregon. In addition to helping people find sanctuary right outside their door, Annie is currently tending to her latest garden—motherhood. www.RedBirdRestorativeGardens.com.
Lorraine Thomas has been with the Fisher House program for nine years, first as the assistant manager of the Puget Sound House and more recently as the Development Director for the non-profit that supports the House. She is grateful there are people who can design and cultivate outdoor spaces given that she was, sadly, born without a green thumb. Thomas lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter. She is currently writing her first novel.
Ryan Tuttle is an adventure, lifestyle, and music photographer located on the Central Coast of California. She specializes in creating images for people and brands that live adventurously, believe in authentic, genuine moments, and who want to tell a story. www.ryantuttlephotography.com www.instagram.com/ryantuttlephoto
Clare Al-Witri is a professional gardener. Clare has gardened on both the East and West Coasts in public gardens including Wave Hill and Heronswood. She currently works at the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley where she cares for the Australasian and California collections.
Tracey Byrne is a photographer and blogger with a passion for the all the small creatures that inhabit her Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary, large organic garden, and pollinator parkway. Tracey has tallied more than 30 years as an educator and she is a Seattle-based advocate for environmental stewardship, place-based education, and outdoor play: www.beepeeking.com
Jennifer Lee Segale owns and operates Wildflower Farms, an organic landscape design and consulting company specializing in coastal plantings, edible gardens, habitat restoration, and unique plant sourcing. Jenn sustainably farms on the CA coast, focusing on dry-farming spices and medicinal herbs for her signature Garden Apothecary skin care line. www.GardenApothecary.com
Jennifer Jewell is the creator, writer, and host of the award-winning public radio garden program Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden, a co-production of North State Public Radio, distributed nationally by PRX, Public Radio Exchange. Podcasts are available at itunes and at www.cultivatingplace.com. Jennifer lives and gardens in Chico, California and is PHS Board president.
Ann Northrup spent her undergraduate years at the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology. Her interest in plant pathology started there, but she took a five-year diversion to work in the field of medical diagnostics at Bio Rad Labs in Richmond, California, and another two years as a molecular biology research assistant at UC Irvine. Returning to plant pathology, Ann earned a master’s degree UC Berkeley. She has worked primarily in disease diagnostics of ornamental plants, first with Soil and Plant Lab in Orange, California, and then with Nurserymen’s Exchange in Half Moon Bay.
Ann currently consults privately in plant pathology and arboriculture and teaches horticulture classes at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills and Merritt College in Oakland. One of her professional pleasures is volunteering at the Sick Plant Clinic. She is also an active volunteer in the UCCE Master Gardener program for Santa Clara County. In her spare time, she enjoys playing her flute in a woodwind quintet in Saratoga and with the Saratoga Community Band conducted by her husband. And of course … she gardens.
Saxon Holt is a professional garden photographer who contributes regularly to Pacific Horticulture and is widely published in books such as Hardy Succulents, The American Meadow Garden, and Plants and Landscapes for the Summer-Dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Area. Saxon lives and gardens in Novato, California and is a member of the PHS board of directors. www.photobotanic.com
Lorene Edwards Forkner lives and gardens in Seattle where she pursues a good and delicious life filled with family and friends together with all things horticultural, believing that the really good part is in the blending of one’s passions.
Lorene is the author of five garden books including Hortus Miscellaneous (Sasquatch Books), Handmade Garden Projects, and The Timber Press Guide Vegetable Gardening: Pacific Northwest. She has been the editor of Pacific Horticulture since 2012.
Kate Frey is a noted garden designer and eloquent advocate for pollinators. She designed and managed the famous organic public garden at Fetzer Vineyards, the Melissa Garden in Healdsburg, and the landscape at Lynmar Winery in Sebastopol. Her gardens won 2 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, a rare honor for an American designer. Kate currently writes for the Press Democrat newspaper and Ten Speed Press published her book, The Bee-Friendly Garden, in 2016. Her newest educational venture, The American Garden School (www.americangardenschool.com), debuted in 2017.