Henri Bensussen has published poems and stories in various journals and anthologies, including Sinister Wisdom and Bridges; a poetry chapbook, “Earning Colors” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2015. She earned a B.A. in Biology from UCSC, tho it took a long time. Over the past 17 years, she developed a large garden in Fort Bragg, on the Mendocino Coast, but now lives in a small apartment where roof rats have reduced the few potted plants on her balcony to nubs.
Amy Campion is a freelance writer, editor, and photographer based in Portland, Oregon where she is an active member of the Hardy Plant Society. Amy writes for an online tree retailer and, along with Paul Bonine, is co-author of Gardening in the Pacific Northwest: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide from Timber Press. www.amycampion.com.
Matthew Stephens grew up in central Illinois, went to school in Illinois and Delaware, lived in New York City for a decade and moved out to San Francisco two years ago. He leads the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers and San Francisco Botanical Garden, both located in world-renowned Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
Emily Murphy is an organic gardener, photographer, cook, and creator of the blog, Pass The Pistil. She is dedicated to working in garden education, teaching and running school gardens, and supporting community gleaning programs. Emily is the author of Grow What You Love, 12 Food Plant Families to Change Your Life, ©2018, Firefly Books. www.passthepistil.com
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
EARL NICKEL is an Oakland-based horticulturist, writer, and photographer. He writes a weekly column for the San Francisco Chronicle profiling garden-worthy plants and has contributed feature articles to Pacific Horticulture, Fine Gardening, and various Bay Area newspapers. Erle maintains a large and varied garden and blogs for Annie’s Annuals and at www.normsnursery.blogspot.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. Lorene is also the author of the newly released “Color In and Out of the Garden,” Abrams Books, 2022. Follow along at ahandmadegarden.com. She was the editor of Pacific Horticulture from 2012-2019.