Annual Meeting - Speakers 2011
Stephen Orr is a writer and editor who documents extraordinary gardens and the people who make them. Orr’s lifelong interest in horticulture and the natural world was formed
perhaps unexpectedly in the plains of West Texas. Fortunately, his plant-loving parents, who both
grew up in small town farming families, believed in exposing their children to the world through
extensive travel, often with a botanical garden or historic estate as a highlight of the trip.
Orr is a self-taught gardener who believes that everyone has a green thumb even if they don't know
it quite yet. He shares his love of horticulture as the editorial director for gardening at Martha
Stewart Living. Previously, Orr was the garden editor at both House & Garden and Domino
magazines. In addition he has written extensively for The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal
and other publications.
He has been a regularly featured gardening expert on “The CBS Early Show” and “The Today
Show” and has guest-hosted “The Gardener’s Hotline” on WOR Radio. In addition he was a
segment producer for the PBS television series “Cultivating Life” and edited two garden cookbooks
by British author Sarah Raven.
Orr lives and gardens in New York City and the Catskills. His first book, Tomorrow’s Garden:
Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening, which deals with issues of design
aesthetics and sustainability, will be published by Rodale in February 2011. His garden blog, “What
Were the Skies Like” can be found at whatweretheskieslike.com.
About Stephen Orr’s new book:
Tomorrow's Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening
Published by Rodale Press, February 2011
With a keen eye for aesthetics matched by a strong concern for the environment, garden expert
Stephen Orr has developed a sense of what a modern garden should be: small, visually pleasing,
and responsible. In Tomorrow’s Garden, he presents gardens in twelve American cities that have
been scaled back and simplified without sacrificing beauty or innovative design.
A devoted supporter of the organic gardening movement, Orr advises gardeners to think about their
gardens as part of an interconnected whole with the surrounding environment—with an eye to water
usage, local ecology, and preservation of resources. However, for those who are afraid that a
sustainable garden means a lack of flowering plants, Orr believes that a garden, first and foremost,
should be a thing of beauty. He showcases gardens filled with native and imported (but climatically
suitable) plants that are designed with both visual appeal and the environment in mind.
With detailed case studies, stunning photographs, and an appendix of resources and information to
help gardeners achieve their ecological best, Tomorrow’s Garden will teach you the true definition
of sustainability and show you how to create beauty without excess in the 21st century and beyond.
Contact: Stephen Orr http://www.whatweretheskieslike.com/
After LSU with a degree in Agricultural Education, Clint worked for Shemin Nurseries of Connecticut for five years. He focused on learning the operational side of the industry within a horticultural distribution business by managing the greenhouse and pottery departments of three separate locations – one in Canada and two in the U.S.
A native of Louisiana, he joined the American Nursery & Landscape Association in 1990 as the Director of Marketing & Retail Services and the Director of the Garden Centers of America. He was instrumental in the ongoing development and expansion of new retail programming specifically designed for the independent retail garden centers.
In 1999, he launched a new professional services firm, the Garden Center Management Group, as principal and managing director.
In 2000, the gcmgroup merged with PlantAmerica, Inc where he serviced as the president of PlantAmerica until 2003 when he became a full time consultant with a number of horticultural companies.
In 2005, he took the position as Vice President of Industry Relations for Garden Centers of America. That same year he expanded his responsibilities by assuming the position of Project manager for the GCA’s Fashion in Bloom event which was in its 3rd year. Fashion in Bloom was designed to do for gardening and horticulture what fashion week in New York City has done for the apparel industry.
In 2006, he took the position as Director of Public and Media Relations for the IGC show in Chicago. The show has become the industry leader in the trade show and education space for garden center owners and buyers. It has 1,000 exhibitors and over 7,000 attendees. In 2008, my responsibilities with the IGC show expanded to include the education conference as well as expand significant relationships with consumer communicators.
He enjoy gardening, eating and urban farming. Clint has been a keynote and conference speaker for national meetings for garden centers and garden writers over the past 5 years and writes a national column on consumer trends for Garden Chic magazine.
Irene Virag & Harvey Aronson
Irene is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who left the newsroom for garden writing and whose work has been honored with GWA Gold Awards in both the newspaper and magazine categories and by the American Horticultural Society, the Newswomen’s Club of New York and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Harvey is the author of seven books – both fiction and non-fiction – and an award-winning columnist, editor and writing coach. Together, they teach narrative journalism and magazine writing in the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University.
Farmer’s daughter and army brat, Donna Balzer has a science degree in horticulture from the University of Alberta. Recent large projects include horticultural consulting for historic landscapes, including Central Memorial Park and Reader Rock Garden in the City of Calgary. She is also busy in her clients’ yards and gardens advising on everything horticultural and has started the slow process of moving to the West Coast.
Balzer’s television show, Bugs & Blooms, is often in reruns on HGTV and around the globe. She has answered garden questions on CBC Radio in Calgary and throughout Alberta for over 20 years, and writes local and regional books and articles for magazines and the Calgary Herald. Follow Balzer’s blog at www.donnabalzer.blogspot.com.
Pam is the State Master Gardener volunteer Coordinator for Ohio and Horticulture Educator and Director for Ohio State University Extension in Clark County. She has a BS in Landscape Horticulture and an MS in Human and Community Resource Development from Ohio State University. Her responsibilities include providing leadership for the Ohio Master Gardener volunteer program, conducting consumer and commercial horticulture programs, and serving as Co-Chair of the OSU Nursery Short Course, a premier educational program for the green industry.
Pam specializes in herbaceous ornamental plant trials and evaluates more than 200 varieties of annuals yearly and presents programs on annuals and perennials as well as other landscape topics. She oversees the Gateway Learning Gardens, a 5 acre demonstration/teaching garden and is the President of the Friends of the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden.
Pam lectures frequently on a variety of horticulture topics ranging from annuals, perennials and woody ornamentals to plant maintenance. She also writes a weekly gardening column for the Springfield News and Sun and the Dayton Daily News
Steven Biggs loves to garden. A life-long gardener, he's gardened wherever he's lived. It's that love of gardening that compelled him to get a horticultural science degree from the University of Guelph. To help home gardeners grow fruit and vegetables, Steven started the how-to-website www.The-Locavores-Garden.com. He also has a monthly e-zine, Homegrown in Toronto, where he gives readers no-nonsense advice about growing edibles and engaging kids in gardening. As a Journalist, Steven focuses on gardening, farming, and food. He writes regularly for Country Guide, Edible Toronto, and Small Farm Canada. Steven gardens in Toronto, Canada with his three young children; and is joined in the kitchen by his wife Shelley, where they cook up garden fare together.
Kirk Brown is the business manager for Joanne Kostecky Garden Design, Inc. Kirk has also served on many committees for GWA, the American Nursery and Landscape Association, and the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association. His lectures have received outstanding accolades from audiences and peers. He has done everything from keynote presentations to conference sessions, including the GWA Annual Symposium. Currently, he is touring the country with two programs given in the first person as America’s first botanist, John Bartram and the world’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. Kirk’s involvement extends into his community: as a playwright, member of a local garden club, academic advisor for the Lehigh County Technical Institute, leader for the Boy Scouts of America, and active member of his church.
Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott
Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott has a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Oregon State University and is an ISA certified arborist. She is WSU’s Extension Urban Horticulturist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Linda has lectured extensively to a variety of audiences on diverse topics, all pertaining to sustainable landscaping and always based on current and relevant plant science. In 2009, she and three other academic colleagues launched “The Garden Professors” blog, through which they educate and entertain an international audience.
Over the past 11 years, Dr. Chalker-Scott has expanded her academic writing to popular audiences, including articles for Fine Gardening, Organic Gardening, and MasterGardener Magazine. In 2010, she was named a contributing editor to Fine Gardening magazine. Her first book, The Informed Gardener (2008, University of Washington Press), is an award-winning examination of some common horticultural myths. The sequel – The Informed Gardener Blooms Again – was released by UW Press in 2010 and continues horticultural myth-busting. She also recently published Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: good science – practical application (2009, GFG Publishing, Inc.), a 22-chapter book which she edited and jointly authored with 20 colleagues.
Nan K. Chase
"Harvesting a Fresh Crop of Print Assignments"
Author Nan K. Chase has been gardening for 30 years in western North Carolina, and now specializes in perennial ornamentals and in native Appalachian trees, shrubs, and wildflowers, as well as fruit and vegetable crops. Her latest book Eat Your Yard!: Edible trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and flowers for your landscape, was published in 2010 by Gibbs Smith. Freelance journalism credits include The New York Times, Washington Post, Southern Living, and Smithsonian Magazine.
She is founding president of the Asheville E-Z Gardeners club and serves on the Board of Governors of the Daniel Boone Native Gardens, in Boone, North Carolina, and the Buncombe County Historic Resources Commission, in Asheville, North Carolina.
Jim Erler and Catriona Tudor Erler
Catriona has worked as a successful freelance garden author for almost 30 years. She has written 9 garden books, many of which contain her own photographs, and contributed to many others. During the years when she was self-syndicating, her articles appeared in newspapers throughout the country, including The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, San Diego Union/Tribune, and the Denver Post. Her articles and photographs have been published in magazines such as Architectural Digest, Garden Design, The English Garden, Virginia Living, and Better Homes and Gardens SIPs.
She also is sought out as a speaker. In addition to garden club appearances, highlights of her speaking career include: the keynote speaker at the annual dinner at the Birmingham (Alabama) Botanical Garden, the speaking attraction for a fundraiser in England for London’s Garden Museum, a guest appearance on the PBS television show “Right on the Money,” speaker at The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia and at Virginia Tech.
In 1990, while collaborating with Derek Fell on her first book, she saw the valuable symbiosis of being able to provide excellent text with excellent photographs, and she began to learn the art of photography. As her skills and photo stock grew from just a few hundred transparencies kept in slide sleeves stored in three-ring binders to over 50,000 photographs, so did the logistics of storage and retrieval. With regular requests from photo editors looking for unique combinations of elements, such as “a cottage garden with a bird bath and mixed flowering annuals and perennials,” she realized she needed a better system for storing and retrieving her photographs. Her husband, Jim Erler, came to the rescue.
A physicist by training, Jim Erler saw that what was needed to catalog all the photographs was a searchable data base with multiple, cross-referenced fields. Catriona gave him the specifications and he designed the program. A renaissance man of many talents, in addition to working for 25 years as a physicist, Jim Erler now consults with senior executives on business and technical matters, designs Arts & Crafts style homes and manages the Erler’s vacation rental properties. He also serves as Catriona’s tech support and photo editor.
C.L. Fornari is a writer, speaker, and host of GardenLine, a live, two-hour radio program on WXTK. She is the author of four books and numerous magazine articles, and is dedicated to creating successful, joyful gardeners and home landscapers.
In addition to these professional activities, C.L. runs a consultation service for Hyannis Country Garden, an independent garden center on the Cape. As a speaker, C.L. does employee training for landscapers and garden centers, and presents to a variety of groups with green to black thumbs.
Kevin Gragg has been involved in video production for more than twenty years as a producer, writer, director, videograper, and instructor. For the last fourteen seasons he has been responsible for the production of the "Oklahoma Gardening" television program which is produced by Oklahoma State University and airs regionally on PBS stations.
Larry Hodgson is a long-time member of GWA and is presently the Association's Treasurer. He is a free-lance writer, speaker and translator and also author of nearly 50 books on gardening. He has been writing a weekly garden column for the Le Soleil newspaper (Quebec City) for over 25 years and writes for numerous other publications in both English and French. Also, he is well-known in the province of Quebec for his radio and TV gardening shows.
Larry is a hands-on gardener, constantly experimenting with plants in his suburban yard. He grows plants indoors and out and has pretty much torn out all the lawn in the search for more space. His fascination with prickly plants largely springs from their striking architectural appearance that he finds provides such a startling contrast to the softness of so many other ornamental plants.
Kathy Jentz is editor and publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine. A life-long gardener, Kathy believes that growing plants should be stress-free and enjoyable. Her philosophy is inspiration over perspiration.
Kathy’s work is featured in numerous area publications including the Washington Examiner newspaper, Pathways Magazine, and Washington Women magazine. In addition, she appears on regular gardening guest spots on Channel 9, Channel 4, and WAMU radio.
Kyle has quickly built a reputation for possessing an excellent, in-depth understanding of the application of social media for business. Kyle is the author of two books: Twitter Marketing for Dummies (Wiley, 2009) and Branding Yourself (Pearson, 2010). The second edition of Twitter Marketing for Dummies will be released in 2011.
Recognized both locally and globally for his knowledge of social media, he is routinely invited to share his expertise with audiences all over the United States. Kyle has trained more than 175 companies and organizations. Kyle writes a regular blog at KyleLacy.com about social media and digital marketing.
Patricia Lanza is a gardener and writer; a self-taught, self-promoting, public-speaking, book-selling gardener. She created her own brand, Lasagna Gardening (received the Q&T Award for Writing 1995), and has stayed focused on that brand for over fifteen years resulting in a million in sales of the four titles. She lectures around the country including most home and garden shows, master gardener conventions and botanical gardens. She has appeared on HGTV, QVC, EPCOT, and a host of radio stations. After a life-time as wife, mother and innkeeper Pat opened her NYS herb and perennial farm to the public, creating a destination, and began another long career as a garden communicator, newspaper columnist and radio host. She is a contributor to a number of magazines, both print and online, and essays in other books. She has been a member of GWA since 1991 and credits member networking for much of her success. Today she frequently blogs, tweets, and posts on FB, Twitter and blogger.com about her Tennessee gardens and her busy schedule. Pat is at: www.lasagnagardening.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
Horticulturist and plant collector, Geri Laufer is a life-long Garden Writer, gardener, book author and floral poet (Tussie-Mussies, the Language and Sentiment of Flowers, Workman Publishing), enthusiastic garden coach, public speaker and teacher. Widely published, Geri has written more than 200 gardening articles in national and local consumer and trade magazines, newspapers, newsletters and online. Her green thumb has earned national recognition, and brought national and local tours and photographers to view her home gardens.
Geri earned a M.S. degree in Horticulture from Rutgers University, is a former Georgia Cooperative Extension Agent and developed/taught seven courses as Adjunct Professor of Environmental Horticulture for Gwinnett Technical Institute. After a decade honing her skills in public relations for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Geri Laufer is now an Accredited Public Relations consultant specializing in Public Relations and Social Media strategy/implementation for the horticulture industry. Contact her at email@example.com or @gardengeri.
Dr. Mari Loehrlein
Dr. Mari Loehrlein has taught horticulture and landscaping classes at Western Illinois University since 1997. In 2009 she developed and taught a new course, Sustainable Landscape Practices. Due to its popularity and timeliness, the course is now listed as a regular offering. Dr. Loehrlein is writing a textbook to complement the course. It will be published by Cengage-Delmar Learning and is expected to be in print in 2012. Her first book, Home Horticulture: Principles and Practices was published by Delmar-Learning in 2007.
During her Ph.D. studies at The Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Loehrlein bred the regal geranium cultivar ‘Camelot’. Prior to that, she worked for Sunworld International in Bakersfield, California, breeding peaches, nectarines, plums, and apricots.
In addition to her teaching she also writes a bi-monthly article that is distributed to print media in the western Illinois region. Her articles can also be viewed at the WIU School of Agriculture website (http://www.wiu.edu/ag). Dr. Loehrlein has developed a website on the topic of sustainable landscaping. It can be viewed at http://thesustainablelandscape.com.
Mary-Kate Mackey, winner of a GWA Silver Award, has taught magazine writing for ten years at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. She co-authored Sunset’s Secret Gardens—153 Ideas from the Pros and contributed to Gardening in the Northwest and the Sunset Western Garden Book. Her one-hundred-plus articles have appeared in national and regional gardening publications. Online, she writes for the Christian Science Monitor’s “Diggin’ It” blog and a monthly column for the Hartley-Botanic Greenhouse U.S. website.
Peggy Miars served for six years as the Executive Director/CEO of California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University and completed post-graduate courses in nonprofit management at Regis University in Colorado Springs. Peggy previously held marketing and management positions with Earthbound Farm, Whole Foods Market, Granary Market, various nonprofit organizations, and ran her own marketing consulting business.
Carol Michel is a freelance writer and blogger with a degree in Horticulture from Purdue University. A lifelong gardener and resident of Indiana, she knows about the joys of lilacs in the spring, homegrown tomatoes in the summer, brilliant colored foliage in the fall and snow covered gardens in the winter.
She has written for Horticulture and Indiana Gardening and has a weekly garden column in The Southside Times published in Indianapolis. She regularly writes for her blog, www.maydreamsgardens.com, where she sometimes lets her alter egos, including Dr. Hortfreud, Hortense Hoelove, and the garden fairy Thorn Goblinfly, write for her. She also hosts the popular Internet meme, ‘Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day’, currently in its fifth year, and uses her blog to showcase her extensive hoe collection.
Carol Moholt has recently retired after almost 20 years work as a senior manager at Apple, Inc. and knows their technology well, having designed global programs that taught sales people how to sell its many products. She'll be illustrating her talk with tools on the Apple platform but also work on PCs. Learn what she uses to help keep track of her extensive garden and her return to garden writing. A longtime board member and past president of the Pacific Horticultural Foundation, publisher of "Pacific Horticulture" magazine, Carol has also done garden writing for "Sunset" a west-coast magazine and book publisher, and managed a regional gardening website. She never travels anywhere these days without her iPad and finds it the perfect tool to keep up with her busy life style, whether it be traveling to China on business, or down the road at a huge garden wholesaler so she can research plant information "on the fly" while negotiating its acres in a golf cart.
Susan Morrison is a landscape designer and garden writer based in Northern California. She is the co-author of the nationally acclaimed and best selling Garden Up, Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces. As a Master Gardener and Bay-Friendly Qualified Design Professional, Susan is active in the Bay Area gardening community and speaks regularly on sustainable design principles. She is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and has served on the California Chapter Board of Directors.
An early convert to the value of social media, she connects with gardeners all over the world via Facebook, Twitter, and her blog, Blue Planet Garden Blog, and is a founding member of the Lawn Reform Coalition and Garden Designer’s Roundtable.
Garden Up, Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces: http://morrison-sweet.com/index.html
Blue Planet Garden Blog: http://www.blueplanetgardenblog.com/
Lawn Reform Coalition: http://www.lawnreform.org/
Garden Designer’s Roundtable: http://gdrt.wordpress.com/
Gardening expert, author and TV & radio host Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening. She hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments which air on over 80 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S. She is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and writes the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column. Melinda hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program for over 20 years as well as Great Lakes Gardener on PBS. Melinda has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. Her web site is www.melindamyers.com
Dee Nash is a freelance writer, garden coach and speaker, born and raised in Oklahoma. Living in a log cabin in central Oklahoma with her husband, Bill and three children, she grows an extensive garden on her 7.5 acre rural property at the edge of the Great American Prairie and the deciduous forest.
Dee has gardened for over 25 years and draws her inspiration from her own experiences with an English cottage style garden of over ninety roses and other assorted perennials and annuals. Last year, she and Bill built a raised potager right outside the kitchen door.
A member of the American Horticulture Society, the Oklahoma Horticulture Society, the American Hemerocallis Society and the Garden Writers Association, Dee thinks some of the best garden advice can still be found from members of garden clubs and societies.
She is a frequent contributor to Oklahoma Gardener magazine, and she’s also written for Organic Gardening, Fine Gardening, flower magazine, The Edmond Sun, the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Horticulture Society’s Horticulture Horizons, and the Daylily Journal. You can read more of her online writing at her blog, Red Dirt Ramblings, or on the Lowe’s LCI Team Blog and Fiskars® website.
Mary Ann Newcomer
Mary Ann Newcomer, scribe-scout-and-speaker blogs at www.gardensofthewildwildwest.com. Named one of the top garden blogs in the country by Horticulture Magazine, it’s where she shares her wit, wisdom and garden adventures in the American West. She appears regularly as the Dirt Diva on the River Radio, 94.9 in Boise, ID. Her articles on gardening have been published in MaryJane’s Farm, Fine Gardening, The American Gardener and the Idaho Statesman (a sixteen week account of her Community Supported Agriculture subscription). An accomplished horticulturalist, garden designer and former President of the Idaho Botanical Garden, she has wielded her creative and design talents on public, private and commercial gardens and landscapes.
Kelly D. Norris
Kelly D. Norris is a 24-year-old horticulturist, plant breeder, and plantsman from Bedford, Iowa. An award-winning writer, Kelly’s book on bearded irises is due out April 2012 from Timber Press. He currently manages Rainbow Iris Farm, a seven-acre nursery owned by his family, edits the official magazine of The American Iris Society, and serves in several leadership capacities throughout the horticulture industry. Kelly is the youngest person to receive the Iowa State Horticultural Society’s Presidential Citation, Award of Merit and Honor Award in the organization’s 150-year history, awards the exemplify service and contributions to horticulture in Iowa. Kelly’s unique 10+ years of experience in the industry began at age 14 when he talked his parents into buying a nursery. In that time he’s become one of the few go-to experts on how to market gardening to people his age. Kelly holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in horticulture from Iowa State University.
Garden communicator Colleen Plimpton’s first career was as a clinical social worker with the chronically mentally ill. Her second career is that of professional garden communicator. She trained at the New York Botanical Garden, and has tended her sloping Connecticut acre for 19 years. She’s appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including CBS, ABC, Good Morning America and PBS; she pens a weekly newspaper gardening column for Hearst Connecticut Media Group; teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, lectures widely and writes for publications such as GreenPrints, Connecticut Gardener, and Toastmaster. Her award-winning garden memoir, Mentors in the Garden of Life was issued by Park East Press in May, 2010.
Colleen looks upon each day as an opportunity to learn more about the wonderful world of nature. She and her husband, Jerry Shike, raised 3 children, who now reside in China, Connecticut, and Florida.
Visit her website, www.colleenplimpton.com.
Sabrena Schweyer, APLD
Sabrena Schweyer is Vice President of Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc in Akron Ohio. She is an APLD certified landscape designer, a certified Permaculture consultant and a guest columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Sabrena is passionate about connecting people and nature in a way that nurtures both. She has more than twenty years experience in a variety of horticultural environments, including the gardens of England's National Trust. Studies in England awakened her to the concept of the garden as an art form; her education incorporated agriculture, horticulture, history and the arts. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States studying plants and garden design. Sabrena enjoys teaching, writing, traveling and photography–especially when gardens are involved!
An innovative landscape design and development group, Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc has earned national and international acclaim for stunning gardens, water features and environmentally sensitive landscapes. Their landscapes have been featured in numerous books and magazines. Their aspiration – as reflected in their mission statement - is to create beautiful, sustainable outdoor experiences that touch the souls of all those who enter.
Nicholas Staddon, Director of New Plants for Monrovia, has been a Monrovia Craftsman for over 22 years. Working with breeders, hybridizers, and professional Plant Explorers, he scours the globe for new creations and discoveries in the plant world. Nicholas is also sought out as a resource and guest for television and radio gardening shows across the United States. Nicholas works closely with professional Garden Writers and Monrovia’s customers, providing information on plants -- both old and new – sharing his views on garden trends. Nicholas has created a series of informative ‘Plant Savvy’ videos that can be found on line.
Born in England, Nicholas attended Otley Agricultural College where he received his degree in Agricultural Science. Before joining Monrovia, he managed garden centers in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He says of New Mexico, "One of the most beautiful places in the world—the vistas will move your heart and the gardening will break it." Nicholas now resides in California and continues to be consumed with a passion for plants and animals. He travels extensively for Monrovia in his quest for great new and notable plants for American gardeners.
Nicholas is proud to be professionally affiliated with the Royal Horticulture Society, the California Association of Nurserymen, The American Nursery and Landscape Association. He is an Advisor to the Sunset Magazine, and on the Board of Advisors to Mount San Antonio College, Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences.
Rebecca Sweet is the owner of Harmony In The Garden, located in Northern California. Rebecca’s signature ‘Garden Fusion’ style blends her clients’ personal desires with regionally appropriate plants. Her gardens have been featured in Fine Gardening Magazine, Horticulture Magazine, Women’s Day Magazine, American Gardener, and Country Almanac as well as regional newspapers and publications.
In addition to designing gardens, Rebecca is also a featured columnist for Horticulture Magazine, a contributing author for Fine Gardening Magazine, and writes design-focused articles for Fiskars. Rebecca contributes content to online garden sites as well, including Fine Gardening Online and Real Simple Online and is a founding member of the Garden Designer’s Roundtable. It’s easy to get to know Rebecca better – chat with her on Facebook, Twitter or leave a comment on her blog Gossip In The Garden.
Follow Rebecca on Twitter @SweetRebecca
Read Rebecca’s blog at www.gossipinthegarden.com
View her design portfolio at www.harmonyinthegarden.com
Jodi Torpey is a Denver-based garden writer, master gardener, and author of the book, “The Colorado Gardener’s Companion: An Insider’s Guide to Gardening in the Centennial State.” Jodi’s writing appears in national and regional gardening magazines and on home and gardening websites. She’s the Mountain Region blogger for Lowe’s Garden Grow Along, a contributing editor at VegetableGardener.com (a Fine Gardening magazine website), and a regular contributor to the gardening pages of The Denver Post. Jodi also posts gardening information on her website, WesternGardeners.com, an online guide to gardening in the West.
Jean Ann Van Krevelen
White Willow Media
Jean Ann Van Krevelen has been called “one of the most influential gardening communicators in the country”. In 2009, she harnessed the power of thousands of online relationships to create the first social media savvy gardening book, Grocery Gardening. Directly following, her publisher, Cool Springs Press, hired her as the first Director of Social Media Marketing in the garden publishing world.
Today, she is the President of White Willow Media, a company whose focus is providing traditional and new media marketing for the horticulture and garden writing industries. She continues to write and produce several blogs whose content is nationally syndicated on a variety of popular websites including: The Chicago Sun Times, USAToday, and The Wall Street Journal.
Jean Ann has been named in the Top 100 Entrepreneurs on Twitter, Top 20 Green, Raw Organic Tweeters, Top 50 Tweeters in Portland, Top 50 People to Follow on Twitter, Top 30 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Social Media, and 30 Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter.
Contact Jean Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter: @jeanannvk, and on Facebook: jvankrevelen
Jessica Walliser co-hosts “The Organic Gardeners” on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. She is a contributing editor for Organic Gardening magazine where you can read her 'Good Bug, Bad Bug' feature in each issue. Her column ‘The Good Earth’ appears weekly in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and she is a regular contributor to Urban Farm, Popular Farming, Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home magazines. Jessica is also heard on WYEP FM’s environmental news program and lectures at garden clubs, botanic gardens, arboretums and other public garden facilities across the United States. Jessica received her degree in ornamental horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University and is the former owner of a 25 acre organic market farm. She also serves on the faculty of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where she’s been teaching for over 15 years. The author of three organic gardening books, Jessica lives and gardens northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband John, son Ty, 2 dogs, 6 chickens, 3 goldfish, and billions and billions of very good bugs.
Barbara Peake Wise
Barbara Peake Wise works for Southern Land Company, LLC in Franklin, Tennessee as their Director of Floriculture. Her responsibilities include overseeing the design, installation. and maintenance of the 250+ annual beds and 400+ containers in Southern Land Company’s developments – Westhaven, Laurelbrooke, Windstone, and McEwen Place. In the process of working in these community areas she has developed a thriving business with the homeowners providing educational classes, container and window box planting services, and gardening consultation. Barbara has been on the Discovery Channel’s makeover show, ‘Picture This’, landscaping the courtyard for one of her clients, country music star Heidi Newfield.
Barbara is a writer for Tennessee Gardener and has a monthly gardening column, Garden Compositions, in Nashville House, Home, and Garden magazine. This year her blog, bwisegardening.blogspot.com, featured 365 Days of Container Gardening – a daily post of container planting ideas for every season. With the desire to “Cultivate a Culture of Gardening®”, Barbara’s passion for helping new gardeners succeed has resulted in her first book of container recipes that will be coming out in 2012.
Mark Zelonis - The Ruth Lilly Deputy Director of Environmental & Historic Preservation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, has worked, lived, and breathed historic landscapes for nearly four decades. A former fellow of the Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture (University of Delaware), Mark oversees the development and maintenance of the IMA’s 165 acres of gardens, grounds, and historic structures.
He previously served as Executive Director of the Heritage Trust of Rhode Island and its four historic sites, and as Director of Fuller Gardens in New Hampshire’s seacoast. Mark is also on the board of the Library of American Landscape History.
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