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.

Mary Anne Payne

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Mary Ann Payne  was tapped to be Interim Executive Director at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in June 2011, and asked to stay after a couple of months. She brings years of experience in higher education management and not-for-profit fundraising, along with a passion for plants and gardening. Mary Anne is currently creating her dream garden on 10 acres on a hilltop in the Anderson Valley.

Jeff Moore

Solana Succulents

Jeff Moore has been a succulent enthusiast for more than thirty years. As the owner/operator of Solana Succulents since 1992 he has supplied those in search of rare succulents, as well enabled those newly bitten by the succulent bug. Jeff is known for his installations of undersea-themed succulent gardens as well as more traditional succulent landscapes in Southern California. Jeff resides in Solana Beach, California, with his wife and two sons.

Wendy Lagozzino

Wendy Lagozzino became a Master Gardener inspired by her lifelong interest in gardening. Following her training, Wendy left a nursing career to begin Gardening with Flowers, a design/maintenance business where she puts her expertise and interests to work helping others to enhance their gardens. She has published articles for the Master Gardeners, Northwest Perennial Alliance, and Plant Amnesty. Wendy regularly opens her garden to share with others.

Tracey Byrne


Tracey Byrne is a photographer and blogger with a passion for the all the small creatures that inhabit her Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary, large organic garden, and pollinator parkway. Tracey has tallied more than 30 years as an educator and she is a Seattle-based advocate for environmental stewardship, place-based education, and outdoor play:

Jennifer Lee Segale

Garden Apothecary

Jennifer Lee Segale owns and operates Wildflower Farms, an organic landscape design and consulting company specializing in coastal plantings, edible gardens, habitat restoration, and unique plant sourcing. Jenn sustainably farms on the CA coast, focusing on dry-farming spices and medicinal herbs for her signature Garden Apothecary skin care line.

Veronica Voss-Macomber

Veronica Voss-Macomber is the 2013 Pitschel Prizer winner for her essay entitled “Children Need Gardens.”

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.

Russell A. Beatty

Russell A Beatty is a consulting landscape architect in Santa Cruz, California, retired from the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught for twenty-eight years in the Department of Landscape Architecture. He serves on the Screening Committee for the Garden Conservancy.

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.

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

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.