Nicholas Staddon, Director of New Plants for Monrovia, has been a Monrovia Craftsman for over 25 years. Working with breeders, hybridizers, and professional Plant Explorers, he scours the globe for new creations and discoveries in the plant world. Nichols works closely with professional Garden Writers and Monrovia’s customers- sharing his views on garden trends.
Robin Parer is an Australian born horticulturist who lectures frequently to garden groups and societies throughout the United States. She has been featured in Garden Design Magazine, Horticulture Magazine, Martha Stewart Living magazine and Sunset magazine just to name a few. Robin has owned and operated Geraniaceae Nursery in Marin County, California for the past 31 years, and has collected and propagated over 500 geranium species, selected color forms and hybrids. She is currently writing The Garden Lovers Guide to Hardy Geraniums for Timber Press.
Lorry Hill, Product Specialist, Organic Control. Lorelei Hill has worked in the nursery and garden industry for over 35 years. After managing Nurseryland and Armstrong Garden Centers retail locations she moved to Kellogg Garden Products to continue her career in Sales and Marketing. For the past 7 years she has been the product specialist with Organic Control Inc./ORCON a company offering a large assortment of organic products and beneficial insects.
Alison Terry, Terry Design- Landscape Architecture. Alison is a licensed landscape architect in the State of California and is a member on the American Society of Landscape Architects. She is a board member of the Mediterranean Garden Society and a member of Fullerton Beautiful. Alison is a G3 (Green Gardens Group) Certified Sustainable Landscape Professional and lives and works in Fullerton.
Julie Bawden Davis is a garden writer, Master Gardener. She is founder of HealthyHouseplants.com, and in addition to gardening books has written over 1,500 articles for publications such as Parade.com (where she has a gardening column), Organic Gardening, Family Circle, HGTV.com, Ladies Home Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, Wildflower Magazine, Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Julie is the author of numerous books including The Strawberry Story: How to Grow Great Berries Year-Round in Southern California.
Steve Kaye has been taking photos since 1965. His photos are on sale in the Fullerton Arboretum, and he has conducted seminars on Nature Photography at the Fullerton Arboretum, the Environmental Nature Center, and the Mary Vagle Nature Center. He is the author of a novel, books, articles (80 of them about birds, nature and photography), and five collections of poetry. In 2013, he took more than 93,000 bird photos.
Journey with Jorge Ochoa, director of the horticulture program at Long Beach City College, into the fascinating world of passionflowers (members of the genus Passiflora): their intricate blossoms, delicious fruit, beautiful vines and amazing insect interactions. Learn about their incredible diversity, the plant’s biology and how to enjoy them in your Southern California garden, whether it is large or small. Jorge has a long history of chasing passionflowers and has journeyed throughout Central and South America in search of this unique group of plants. He tends one of the largest collections of passionflowers in the world at Long Beach City College.
Lawrence Yun holds an MFA in Drawing/Painting and a BFA in Printmaking from California State University, Long Beach. Yun exhibits at Susan Schomburg Gallery of Bergamot Station, Santa Monica and his works are represented in various private and public collections, including the permanent collection of Sony Pictures, the Franklin Mint, and Terrania Resort, CA.
Barry’s passion is Japanese Maples. He turned his passion into a nursery, based in Pleasanton, CA specializing in Japanese Maples, Maples for all Seasons, with his wife and fellow Japanese Maple expert, Sue Hoffer. Barry’s passion grew from when he acquired his first Japanese Maple 18 years ago, to a collection of almost ¾ of the world’s available cultivars. He regularly conducts popular classes as “The Maple Guy,” teaching about gardening with Japanese Maples, the care and pruning of the Japanese maples as well as discussing the four seasons of the Japanese Maples. Being an expert on Japanese Maples as well as an Arborist, specializing in Japanese Maples, including the care, planting and pruning, Barry is a frequent radio guest on “Gardening with Ciscoe” as well as with Farmer Fred Hoffman’s “Garden Show” on NewsTalk Radio in Sacramento, CA.
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