Mary Gutierrez

Mary Gutierrez is a technical writer and editor in Seattle. She was the editor of Northwest Garden News for over 10 years and is assistant editor of Pacific Horticulture.

Janet Endsley

Janet Endsley is the Seminar and Social Media manager for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

Bob Hornback

Bob Hornback has long been a contributor to Pacific Horticulture, having written about topics as diverse as Luther Burbank, cannabis, the Gardens of Wonderland, and man-eating plants, among many others. He teaches botany and horticulture at campuses around California’s North Bay Area and is a popular speaker at garden clubs throughout the state. In his spare time, Bob runs Muchas Grasses, his company that specializes in plant brokerage, consultation and design with ornamental grasses. Bob shares a small storybook cottage with his devoted cat, Davy, out in the redwoods near the mythical hamlet of Occidental.

John A. Wott

John A. Wott, Ph.D. was a founding faculty member of the Center for Urban Horticulture, University of Washington, and is Director Emeritus, University of Washington Botanic Garden and Washington Park Arboretum.  He has a passion for public horticulture and plant propagation.  His degrees are from Ohio State University (1961) and Cornell University (1966, 1968).

Becky Wheeler

The Fruit Maven

Becky Wheeler has tasted more than 300 varieties of fruit. Her popular website draws visitors from more than 150 countries to read her reviews. Her first book, Fruit is Fabulous: An Alphabet Book (Amazon Kindle, 2012), is aimed at the next generation of fruit lovers. When she isn’t hunting down her 45th variety of apple or her first mandarinquat, Becky freelances for produce companies as she works on a series of children’s books inspired by fruit.

Robin Stockwell

Succulent Gardens

Robin Stockwell has worked in nurseries from the age of twelve. Today, his three-acre nursery Succulent Gardens the Growing Grounds, in Castroville, California, is designed to both educate and inspire gardeners about the landscape and design potential of succulent plants. With almost forty years of experience, Robin is a succulent plant expert whose work has been recognized and widely featured in the media. He encourages gardeners to explore gardening with succulents, which he characterizes as the conservationists of the plant world.

Paula Panich

The Literary Gardener

Paula Panich is a writer and teacher; she lives in Los Angeles. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other print and online publications. She has taught writing in leafy places from the New York Botanical Garden to the Getty Center, and at Boston University, and in the UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program.

Photojournalist Ilana Panich-Linsman ( lives in Northampton, Mass. She is a graduate of Scripps College and of the journalism program at the International Center of Photography. Her work regularly appears in the New York Times. 

Rick Peterson

Great Plant Picks

Rick Peterson manages the Great Plant Picks educational program at the Elisabeth Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle, Washington. His home garden in Federal Way, which he shares with frequent Pacific Horticulture contributor Richie Steffen, is landscaped with “restrained exuberance” and includes overly abundant collections of species rhododendrons, iris, epimedium, ferns, and a plethora of other rare and unusual flora. Both plead guilty to the current menagerie of potted plants waiting patiently in the driveway…

Jackie Herald

The Extra Room

Jackie Herald is an experienced writer, designer, lecturer and broadcaster dividing her time between France and London. In her design practice, The Extra Room, Jackie enjoys collaborating with architects, interior designers, engineers, and specialist fabricators and contractors, to help clients make the best use of their living space with creative and practical links between indoors and out.

Jackie has widely published on topics such as living roofs, sustainability in the city, conceptual gardens, edible planting design, experimental uses of material, and pattern design. And uniting her diverse background, she is currently presenting a series of talks on Gardens, Fashion and Fabric.

Barbara Blossom Ashmun

Barbara Blossom Ashmun has written six garden books, most recently Married to My Garden, about her love affair with plants. She wrote a column for the Portland Tribune from 2004 through 2011, and was a contributing editor for Fine Gardening for many years. Her essays have appeared in the Chicken Soup series and Women Reinvented.

Propelled by a passion for plants, Barbara began a garden on a sunny acre in 1986. Although she should have turned the clay-based wetland into a lake, her love for flowers drove her to create a four-season tapestry of color, fragrance and fruit.

Sharon Cohoon

Sharon Cohoon

Sharon Cohoon retired from Sunset Magazine in 2011 after being their primary Southern California garden writer for nearly seventeen years. The idea was to do more actual gardening herself before her back and knees gave out completely. But Lucy the Cavalier, Sharon’s constant companion, still likes her office best and expects her to be in it. So she hasn’t escaped writing completely.

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.

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