Sandy Fischer

Land Morphology

Sandy’s career has included owning local consultancies, managing regional practices, serving as a director in local government, and a practice principal in an international consulting firm. Her passions being design of public spaces and gardens and local community building endeavors. Her work had been recognized with awards from ASLA, APA, APWA, YWCA, AIA, Sonoran Institute, Garden Writers of America and others. In 2018 Sandy retired from owning and managing firms, but continues to mentor emerging designers and practices as principal to the Fischer Bouma Partnership, Landscape Architects, Bainbridge Island, WA. Sandy serves as adjunct faculty to the University of Washington College of Built Environment, Landscape Architecture Program.  Volunteer positions include Vice President of Michigan State University Landscape Architecture Alumni Board, Professionals Councils at UW, and Grounds Committee at The Bloedel Reserve. Other interests and creative pursuits include art, garden and home remodeling, travel, writing, and assisting two 30 something sons with creative entrepreneurial pursuits. Sandy co-authored  The Authentic Garden published by Monticello Press.

Cordelia Donnelly

Cordelia Donnelly is a teacher, artist, designer, writer, and community activist whose gardening education has been facilitated by Pacific Horticulture. She communicates about the power of beauty to awaken, to inspire, and to help shift the gardening paradigm forward. A love of nature and of problem solving motivate her vision. A love of learning connects her to the world.

Carol Moholt

Carol Moholt is a former Executive Director of Pacific Horticulture. Carol has always gardened near the Pacific coast, as a girl growing up along the banks of the Columbia River in Oregon and as an adult in the San Francisco Bay area. She is most happy living beside the rolling coastal hills of her California home but misses the lush greenery of her northwest roots. An employee in Silicon Valley’s Apple, Inc. for nearly 20 years, she brought a keen appreciation for design and innovation to the Pacific Horticulture community.

Marilee Kuhlmann

Marilee Kuhlmann is a landscape consultant, sustainable garden designer, and president of Urban Water Group. She has participated in award-winning rainwater harvesting projects, LEED projects, and has had gardens featured in Sunset, Pacific Horticulture, and the LA Times. Marilee is the lead on our 4-part Water-Sensitive Landscape Design (WSLD) series commencing with this issue.

Deborah Phare

Deborah Phare is a graduate of the Edmonds Community College Horticulture program. She is a former volunteer at the Rose Garden at Woodland Park, and in January 2010 she completed the Master Forester program for Carkeek Park. Currently, Deborah is Lead Steward at the Demonstration Gardens in Carkeek Park. Before entering horticulture, Deborah worked in the medical field for 25 years.

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.

Earl Nickel

EARL NICKEL is an Oakland-based horticulturist, writer, and photographer. He writes a weekly column for the San Francisco Chronicle profiling garden-worthy plants and has contributed feature articles to Pacific Horticulture, Fine Gardening, and various Bay Area newspapers. Erle maintains a large and varied garden and blogs for Annie’s Annuals and at

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 She was the editor of Pacific Horticulture from 2012-2019.

Craig Latker

Craig Latker attended the University of California at Davis and Berkeley, receiving a degree in Landscape Architecture from Berkeley in 1983. He has over 20 years experience working as a landscape designer.

He has worked at a large interior landscape installation company and a boutique landscape design firm specializing in large estates and country homes. Seven years ago he founded Latker Design Solutions, where he specializes in residential projects of varying size. Craig has expertise in a wide range of design styles — from classic Provencal and English cottage, to mid-century modern, to ultra contemporary.

Craig is also a professional illustrator and designer, and has done work for non-profit organizations and publications such as Pacific Horticulture, the Nature Conservancy, Strybing Arboretum, and the University of California at Davis.

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