Sandy Scott

Sandy Scott was born into a family of gardeners. Most of her horticultural knowledge came from following her father around his garden, asking questions, and begging to be allowed to weed. Sandy received a degree in art history at University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford. She blended her interests while volunteering at Filoli and the Huntington as well as working for Stanford. Sandy retired to Point Arena in 2000 and delights in sharing her garden.

Gary Scales

Gary Scales has served as a trustee of the Marin Art & Garden Center for many years. He was a founding member and trustee of both of the Marin Rose Society and the Moya Library-Ross Historical Society. Gary is co-author of the book Ross, California. He has received awards from the American Rose Society for his monthly column on roses and has been recognized by Bay Area environmental and nature groups for his photographs of wildlife, particularly birds.

Rizaniño “Riz” Reyes

Rizaniño “Riz” Reyes is gardens manager for McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell, Washington. He also maintains RHR Horticulture, an enterprise dedicated to growing and designing gardens, floral design, and teaching and lecturing for various garden organizations and publications. Riz has a BS in Environmental Horticulture & Urban Forestry from the University of Washington and worked as a horticulturist for the UW Botanic Garden’s Center for Urban Horticulture.

Sabrina Howell

Sabrina Howell remembers: “As a child, there was always wild water to muck about in.” And while raising her children, she rediscovered her passion for ponding. Sabrina is a Certified California Naturalist, a trained and experienced School Garden Teacher, and does workshops and consultations for the US Fish & Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat Program. She recently opened Wild Toad Nursery in Santa Rosa, California.

Lara Hermanson

Lara Hermanson is a founding principal of Farmscape, LLC, the nation’s largest urban farming company. Since 2008, Lara has overseen the construction and maintenance of 400 commercial, residential, and restaurant farms. She is a sustainable agriculture consultant on Agrihood developments for Pulte Homes, Newhall Land, Northwestern Mutual, and the Core Companies. In addition, her firm has installed farms for the Michelin-starred Providence in Los Angeles and the Bon Appétit restaurants in San Francisco.

Meredith French

Meredith French specializes in habitat and rehabilitation gardening and has been active with the UCCE Master Gardener program in San Diego County since 2005. Meredith is an occasional contributor to California Garden and Golden Gardens. Between 2011 and 2014, both California Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Pacific Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc. awarded Meredith first place for her articles on habitat gardens and other topics.

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.

Paula Henson

Terra Bella Water

PAULA HENSON is a water conservationist, landscape designer, writer, and educator. Her company Terra Bella Water promotes water education and provides water awareness presentations for anyone from preschoolers to homeowners. She has been designed award-winning rainwater harvesting systems and landscapes in the Los Angeles area and is an EPA Watershed Wise Landscape Professional and an ARCSA (American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association) Accredited Professional.

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.

Daniel Mount

Daniel Mount hails from a long line of wandering gardeners, nurserymen and farmers.  He received his first shovel for his second birthday and began his gardening career in the sand box later that afternoon. Spending most of his youthful summers in a vegetable patch, on a farm, in parks, or in the woods, the curiosity of a scientist and the soul of a poet were awakened in him. Daniel went on to study fine arts and botany at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, from which he received a BS in Botany.

Drawn to the legendary gardening climate of the Pacific Northwest, Daniel moved to Seattle, Washington in 1988. Since that time he has created, maintained and consulted on gardens primarily in the Puget Sound Basin. The skills he acquired working in the passionate gardening environment of  Pacific Northwest have opened many doors. Daniel was invited to Cologne, Germany, where he worked on urban rooftop and courtyard gardens as well as rural estates. He was next called to Orto dei Semplici Elbano on the Island of Elba, Italy where he collected and designed with the unique flora of this island.  He maintains an ancillary connection to this garden to this day. Closer to home he has consulted on projects and designed gardens in and around Durham, North Carolina; Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Phoenix, Arizona.

Daniel has settled on a small farm nestled in a 150-acre bird sanctuary, which he shares with his partner, innumerable slugs and a bear, in the Snoqualmie River Valley east of Seattle. He enjoys growing organic vegetables and fruits, raising ducks and experimenting with flood tolerant plants. He creates gardens and also teaches and writes about plants and gardening.

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