Clayton Tschudy

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

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


Maggie Lee

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.

Sue Milliken and Kelly Dodson

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

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.

Tracey Byrne


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:

Jennifer Jewell

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 Jennifer lives and gardens in Chico, California and is PHS Board president.

Lorene Edwards Forkner

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 was the editor of Pacific Horticulture from 2012-2019.