Janet Mackey

Janet Mackey is an avid gardener and Conservation Director for Solano Land Trust. She is a recent transplant from a shady woodland garden in the Chesapeake Bay area to the San Francisco Bay area where she is enjoying the exhilaration of year-round gardening.

Janet Mackey has been an avid gardener since childhood. She is a recent transplant from a shady woodland garden in the Chesapeake Bay region to the San Francisco Bay area where she is enjoying the exhilaration of year-round gardening and learning to grow California native plants. Janet works as Conservation Director for Solano Land Trust, protecting land between San Francisco and Sacramento.

Lydia Plunk

Lydia Plunk is a Southern-California writer admired for her enthusiastic observations focusing on her great passion: the glory of garden-centered living. She is an FIDM graduate and the former city of Diamond Bar Commissioner as well as a member of Garden Writers Association, Southern California Horticulture Society, and the Pasadena Writer’s Salon. Since 1995 Lydia’s words on authentic beauty have graced newspapers, magazines and new media. Her graphic-driven professional collection is presented at www.lydiaplunk.com.  Her blog, www.averygoodlife.blogspot.com is frequently updated.

Ansel Oommen

Ansel Oommen is a freelance writer, calligrapher, and urban forager in New York City. His work has been featured in a variety of venues including First Things, Yahoo News, EcoMalaysia, and the Gardeners’ Gazette, among others. As a multimedia artist, he first combined his passion for horticulture with visual design after learning about the works of Axel Erlandson, Richard Reames, and Peter Cook.

Zann Cannon Goff


Zann Cannon Goff works at Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco as buyer/coordinator for the design team, and is a freelance gardener certified in landscape design and maintenance, nursery center operation, and cut flower production. “That’s school study; the real education comes in exploring what’s around me and sharing my vision. Thoreau said, ‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.’” Follow Zann’s blog at www.bozannical.wordpress.com.

Kirsten Honeyman

Kirsten Honeyman, a clinical psychologist, includes gardening, writing, and photography among her avocations. She blogs at  LaDolceVitaFresno.blogspot.com where she writes about a mediterranean lifestyle. She has served on the board of Tree Fresno and is active with the Mediterranean Garden Society. She and her husband Bruce garden in Fresno and in Carmel Valley, California.

Jennifer Jewell

Jennifer Jewell is the Creator and Host of the nationally syndicated, award-winning public radio program and podcast Cultivating Place, Conversations on Natural History & The Human Impulse to Garden. Her third book, What We Sow, on the Personal, Ecological, and Cultural Significance of Seeds, will be published by Timber Press September 19, 2023.

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.

Josh Schechtel

Josh Schechtel is an avid gardener and has rarely met a plant that he didn’t like. He has worked as a gardener and mosaic artist in the San Francisco area, and has been the author of the Plant of the Month column for the California Horticultural Society’s bulletin since 2004

Lorene Edwards Forkner

Lorene Edwards Forkner lives and gardens in Seattle where she pursues a good and delicious life filled with family and friends together with all things horticultural, believing that the really good part is in the blending of one’s passions.

Lorene is the author of five garden books including Hortus Miscellaneous (Sasquatch Books), Handmade Garden Projects, and The Timber Press Guide Vegetable Gardening: Pacific Northwest. Lorene is also the author of the newly released “Color In and Out of the Garden,” Abrams Books, 2022. Follow along at ahandmadegarden.com. She was the editor of Pacific Horticulture from 2012-2019.

Richie Steffen

Richie Steffen is curator of horticulture for the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle, where he manages the rare plant collections and leads the acquisition of new plants. Richie is co-author of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns from Timber Press. He is an active member of numerous horticultural societies in the area and lectures widely about garden-worthy plants.

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 www.Facebook.com/Garden.Allies.

Daniel J. Hinkley


Daniel J. Hinkley is a teacher, writer, lecturer, consultant, nurseryman, naturalist, and gardener. Above all, he is committed to solid and sustainable horticultural practices, above average garden plants, landscapes of distinction, and raising the collective awareness of the diversity of plant life on Earth as well as the magic and mysteries of our natural world.

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.