Marty Wingate is the Seattle-based author of the soon-to-be-released murder mystery The Garden Plot (Alibi, 2014), about an American gardener in England—read a free excerpt at www.scribd.com/doc/204912698/The-Garden-Plot-by-Marty-Wingate-Excerpt. She also wrote Perennials for the Pacific Northwest (Sasquatch Books) and Landscaping for Privacy (Timber Press). Hear her on the podcast “A Dry Rain”, available free through iTunes. More at: www.martywingate.com.
Hallie Schmidt received her BS in Public Horticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her interest in plants began in Santa Cruz where she worked for a local Narcissus grower/hybridizer, hiked and mushroom hunted in the redwood forests, and interned at the university’s organic farm. After completing several internships focused on California native plants, public gardening, and plant conservation, she plans to work as a free-lance writer while visiting gardens and landscapes around the world.
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
Laura Morton Designhttp://www.lauramortondesign.com
Laura Morton, APLD, is an award-winning West Hollywood professional landscape designer located in Los Angeles, California. Both an artist and a designer, Laura draws upon her travels and training in landscape architecture, photography, jewelry design, and horticulture, to create uniquely compelling visual nad sensual experiences for her clients. Laura served as president of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, California Chapter in 2012, and cofounded the Greater Los Angeles district. www.lauramortondesign.com
Nanette Londeree began gardening at age five. This passionate life-long gardener and self-proclaimed plant nerd is pulling together her combined loves of learning, teaching, and horticulture to help educate and inspire others, especially in the area of sustainable gardening practices. A garden writer, Master Gardener, and Master Rosarian, she is currently overseeing the operations of the Marin Art & Garden Center, an 11-acre public garden and learning center located in the heart of Marin County.
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Billy Goodnick is a landscape architect, educator, author, and speaker living in Santa Barbara, CA. Read more about turning your horticultural obsession into a beautiful, visually cohesive garden that meets your outdoor living needs in his book Yards: Turn Any Outdoor Space Into the Garden of Your Dreams, St. Lynn’s Press, 2013. Facebook
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.
Daniel Mount hails from a long line of wandering gardeners, nurserymen and farmers. He received his first shovel for his second birthday and began his gardening career in the sand box later that afternoon. Spending most of his youthful summers in a vegetable patch, on a farm, in parks, or in the woods, the curiosity of a scientist and the soul of a poet were awakened in him. Daniel went on to study fine arts and botany at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, from which he received a BS in Botany.
Drawn to the legendary gardening climate of the Pacific Northwest, Daniel moved to Seattle, Washington in 1988. Since that time he has created, maintained and consulted on gardens primarily in the Puget Sound Basin. The skills he acquired working in the passionate gardening environment of Pacific Northwest have opened many doors. Daniel was invited to Cologne, Germany, where he worked on urban rooftop and courtyard gardens as well as rural estates. He was next called to Orto dei Semplici Elbano on the Island of Elba, Italy where he collected and designed with the unique flora of this island. He maintains an ancillary connection to this garden to this day. Closer to home he has consulted on projects and designed gardens in and around Durham, North Carolina; Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Phoenix, Arizona.
Daniel has settled on a small farm nestled in a 150-acre bird sanctuary, which he shares with his partner, innumerable slugs and a bear, in the Snoqualmie River Valley east of Seattle. He enjoys growing organic vegetables and fruits, raising ducks and experimenting with flood tolerant plants. He creates gardens and also teaches and writes about plants and gardening.
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.
Katherine Hayes Greenberg is a garden designer with a passion for California’s native plants. She is a past president of the Mediterranean Garden Society and the Pacific Horticultural Foundation, for whom she continues to organize and lead international garden tours.