Demetra Lathrop

Demitra Bowles Lathrop holds a degree in English literature from University of California at Berkeley. She has served as editor and contributor to various arts, design, and literary publications. She lives and gardens in San Francisco, where she is active with a number of philanthropic groups.

Alan Porter

Alan Porter retired in 2003 from a law practice emphasizing conservation easements and estate planning and now serves as coordinator of the volunteer plant propagation program at the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley; the group propagates plants from the garden’s extensive collections for sale to the public.

Kerry Morris

Kerry A Morris, a board member of the Southern California Horticulture Society, lives in the San Fernando Valley in the Los Angeles area. She is an avid gardener and has a great interest in salvias, perennials, and California natives.

Donald Hodel

Donald R Hodel is an environmental horticulturist for the University of California Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles, a position he has held for twenty-three years. The author of four books and 250 articles, he performs applied research on various aspects of the selection and management of woody plants for the commercial landscape industries. He is well known for his work with palms.

Chris Carmichael

Chris Carmichael is associate director of collections and horticulture at the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. He currently serves as chair of the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) of the American Public Gardens Association. Chris gardens in Oakland, where he particularly enjoys growing ferns and palms.


Terrel Brand

Terrel Brand is a plant ecologist, native plant garden designer, and partner in Oaktown Native Plant Nursery. He has been active in urban creek restoration and school garden projects in Oakland.

Gillian Garro

Gillian Garro is a principal in the Oakland landscape design/build firm of Larman/ Garro. Additionally, she is chair of the Oakland Parks Coalition, a group working for improved stewardship of Oakland’s parks and natural areas.

Carol Johanson

Carol Johanson, a native of Seattle, moved with her hus-band and son to an undeveloped waterfront property on Bainbridge Island in 1988. A number of years later, she retired from careers in banking and teaching to devote full time to developing her ever-expanding garden.

Christine Allen

Christine Allen, author of Roses for the Pacific North-west (Steller Press, 1999), is a writer for GardenWise magazine and other international publications. A member of the Great Plant Picks selection committee, she lives at Killara Farm in Langley, BC, where she grows roses and perennials; her roses are for sale at Free Spirit Nursery in Langley.

Stephanie Shigematsu

Stephanie Shigematsu is the Horticulture Supervisor San Diego Zoo Safari Park at San Diego Zoo Global and she is the owner of Shigematsu Horticulture. She is the past Director of Landscape at SeaWorld San Diego.

David Fross

David Fross is one of Southern California’s most highly respected native plant specialists and co-author with Bart O’Brien and Carol Bornstein of California Native Plants for the Garden (Cachuma Press, 2006).  David is the owner of Native Sons Wholesale Nursery in Arroyo Grande.

Steve Brigham

Steve Brigham and his wife Donna are the proprietors of Buena Creek Gardens, located in San Marcos in northern San Diego County. Steve is a founder of the San Diego Horticultural Society. Both have been active in the nursery industry in California for several decades.

Carol Bornstein

Carol Bornstein is one of Southern California’s most highly respected native plant specialists and co-author with David Fross and Bart O’Brien of California Native Plants for the Garden (Cachuma Press, 2006). Carol was horticulturist for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden for nearly thirty years.


Richard G Turner Jr

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.