Virginia Hayes is Curator of the Living Collection at Ganna Walska Lotusland in Santa Barbara, California, where she is responsible for maintaining plant records for the extensive plant collections. Virginia holds a Master’s degree from University California Santa Barbara where she did research on the unique floral characters of lotuses (Nelumbo nucifera) and their variation among wild populations. She writes a popular gardening column for the Santa Barbara Independent and contributes to other California and national publications.
[[ED note: this is a pseudonym for Caroline Stone, second wife of George Waters. SFgate obit in link]]
Richard G Turner Jr is the editor emeritus of Pacific Horticulture. After receiving degrees in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Michigan more than thirty years ago, he escaped to California, where he has worked in the fields of garden design, public garden education and administration, and garden publishing. His small, chemical-free San Francisco garden provides habitat for wildlife while serving as a test ground for mediterranean-climate plants.
Pamela Waterman is a freelance writer who gardens in Pasadena, California. She has written frequently about gardens and gardeners in Pacific Horticulture, most recently about the work of landscape architect Isabelle Greene of Santa Barbara. She is now working on a book about Isabelle’s gardens. She has been an advisor to Pacific Horticulture‘s Gardening Under Mediterranean Skies symposia.