Suzanne Ferris


Suzanne Ferris is a garden designer and a botanical illustrator who writes about horticulture. Her past includes a stint as an arts manager for the King County Solid Waste Division, a letterpress printer and hand papermaker for Sea Pen Press and Papermill, and a public artist on Waldron Island. Her botanical interests include conducting plant trials testing soils both native and manufactured. Her future may include designing a line of furniture for outdoor spaces for Newwood Corporation. Plan B is to open a private eating club that Falstaff might enjoy.

Suzanne received a Fine Arts degree from Madison, Wisconsin and attended horticulture classes at Edmonds Community College. She has tended a large garden in Seattle for thirty-six years and is currently writing a book about her garden mentors, including a chapter about Phil Wood, with whom she worked. Suzanne accepts commission work.

Kristin Yanker-Hansen

Kristin Yanker-Hansen is a garden designer, past president of the California Horticultural Society, and a current member of the board of directors for The Ruth Bancroft Garden. Kristin gardens in Danville, California where she delights in growing almost any type of flowering plants, especially those in the mallow family.

Jane McGary

Jane McGary has gardened in all West Coast states and now lives in Portland, Oregon. She began her bulb collection, mostly from seed, in the early 1990s and now grows more than 1,500 accessions of temperate, mostly mediterranean, climate geophytes. She was editor of Bulbs of North America (Timber Press, 2001), works as an editor of scholarly reference books, and lectures to garden groups on bulbs in cultivation and in the wild.

Merrill Jensen

Merrill graduated Cum Laude from Washington State University with a BS degree in Ornamental Horticulture.  Merrill’s career in public horticulture included posts at Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise; The Oregon Garden in Silverton; and Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto. He currently serves as a reviewer for the Plant Collections Network of the American Public Gardens Association. He couldn’t have dreamed a better job in which to close his professional life than at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum where he worked for 14 years, retiring in 2020 to his bicycle and camera as well as his own personal garden.

Bridget Lamp

Bridget Lamp has been gardening professionally for over ten years at Filoli Center, Lotusland, and the University of California Botanical Garden. She currently propagates plants for Seattle Parks and Recreation. At home, she is always looking for more space to plant edibles in her garden. You can follow her blog at

Judith Carlson

Judith Carlson is an independent nurse consultant whose primary work is with a Minnesota  software company that designs electronic health records (EHRs) for public health and home health agencies. She has authored a number of e-books related to EHRs and standardized clinical terminologies. She enjoys escaping to her garden for much-needed breaks from her computer.

Ann Northrup

Ann Northrup spent her undergraduate years at the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology. Her interest in plant pathology started there, but she took a five-year diversion to work in the field of medical diagnostics at Bio Rad Labs in Richmond, California, and another two years as a molecular biology research assistant at UC Irvine. Returning to plant pathology, Ann earned a master’s degree UC Berkeley. She has worked primarily in disease diagnostics of ornamental plants, first with Soil and Plant Lab in Orange, California, and then with Nurserymen’s Exchange in Half Moon Bay.

Ann currently consults privately in plant pathology and arboriculture and teaches horticulture classes at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills and Merritt College in Oakland. One of her professional pleasures is volunteering at the Sick Plant Clinic. She is also an active volunteer in the UCCE Master Gardener program for Santa Clara County. In her spare time, she enjoys playing her flute in a woodwind quintet in Saratoga and with the Saratoga Community Band conducted by her husband. And of course … she gardens.

Paul Lee Cannon

Paul Lee Cannon is a freelance journalist who’s written for The American Gardener, the San Jose Mercury News, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Combining a passion for writing with an equal passion for gardening, he is cofounder of Growing Forward, a bimonthly forum for landscape professionals. Visit his blog at

Matt Ritter

Matt Ritter is a professor in the Biology Department and director of the Plant Conservatory at California Polytechnic University, San Louis Obispo. “I want to help people know the trees in their city. Not just see them as green blobs,” says this disciple of street tree diversity. Ritter is the author of A Californian’s Guide to the Trees Among Us (Heyday Books, 2011) and The Plants of San Louis Obispo, Their Lives and Stories (Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2008).  He is the chair of the City of San Luis Obispo Tree Committee, and editor-in-chief of Madroño, the journal of the California Botanical Society.


Frederique Lavoipierre

Frederique Lavoipierre is the creator and author of “Garden Allies,” a series that ran for 10 years in Pacific Horticulture magazine. She also teaches classes and workshops on sustainable landscaping, including ecological principles, habitat gardens, beneficial insects, soil ecology, freshwater ecology, and aquatic invertebrates. Follow her on Facebook at

James Henrich

James E Henrich is curator of living collections at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, having previously worked at the Conservatory of Flowers and San Francisco Botanical Garden, Denver Botanic Gardens, and Missouri Botanical Garden. He is currently the vice president of the Southern California Horticultural Society.

Kate Frey

Kate Frey is a noted garden designer and eloquent advocate for pollinators. She designed and managed the famous organic public garden at Fetzer Vineyards, the Melissa Garden in Healdsburg, and the landscape at Lynmar Winery in Sebastopol. Her gardens won 2 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, a rare honor for an American designer. Kate currently writes for the Press Democrat newspaper and Ten Speed Press published her book, The Bee-Friendly Garden, in 2016. Her newest educational venture, The American Garden School (, debuted in 2017.

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.