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This Jackson Beach cottage sedum roof puts on a colorful display late in the season. Photo: Warwick Hubber

With a deep love of the land, a sound  knowledge of horticulture, and an appreciation of a good time— good friends, good food, good ideas—Warwick Hubber seemingly has it all on a rocky island in the far northwest corner of this country.

Warwick Hubber and Javier Alejos, friends and co-creators.Photo: Joan Benny

I connected with Hubber—Wocka to his friends— through Lisa Lee Benjamin, my guest co-editor on this issue of Pacific Horticulture. Longtime friends and cohorts, last summer Lisa paused her internationally peripatetic life to visit Hubber on San Juan Island where she described him as “big man on campus” within the community. She relates how, “Walking down the street every person offered a handshake,  honked their horn, whistled, or whooped ‘wockaaaaa’.” Talking by phone and chatting by email (today’s version of an over-the-fence exchange) I, too, felt the warmth of his infectious good nature coupled with a deep passion f...

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