Tom Rau

Tom Rau  is CFO of Urban Water Group, Inc. He is a licensed Landscape Architect specializing in watershed-wise design of residential, commercial and public projects. His work has been published in The Journal of Green Building and Sunset magazine. Tom is an instructor in the UCLA Extension Horticulture and Gardening Program, and a past co-chair of Surfrider Foundation’s West LA/Malibu Chapter Ocean Friendly Gardens Program.

Mary Dodder McCorkle & Genevieve Holloway

Mary Dodder McCorkle is the former head of Cuesta College Journalism Department. Genevieve Holloway is a plant educator and designer. Their article on Leaning Pine Arboretum on the campus of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo brought its possible destruction to public attention. Cal Poly planners have now reconsidered and the Arboretum will continue to grow.

Nancy Norris

Nancy Norris  has been designing and installing garden railways since 1997. Model railroad gardening combines her vocation as a horticulturist and plant science instructor with her hobby of modeling radio-controlled airplanes. She is a regular columnist and horticultural editor for Garden Railways magazine. Nancy’s book, Miniature Garden Guidebook, shows readers how to build their own outdoor railway garden.

Steve Cordera

Steve Cordera  has a background in fine art and has worked as a scenic artist for various theaters including Seattle Opera and Tacoma Actors Guild; he’s also worked in film and on the Emmy winning TV show Northern Exposure. After traveling extensively throughout Asia, Steve lived in New York for several years where he witnessed the completion of the first phase of the Highline Park, which he credits with reigniting his interest in gardening.

Ethan Bodnar

Ethan Bodnar  is a landscape designer, artist, and educator with a focus on interdisciplinary garden projects and building community through plants. Previously, he was a curriculum designer at Skillshare, a national board member of AIGA, and the author of Creative Grab Bag. In the future Ethan plans to design playgrounds, practice eco-therapy, and plant an apple orchard. He lives in Oakland, California, takes horticulture classes at Merritt College, and shares his projects at 

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:

Katy Reedy

Katy Reedy is a Seattle area gardener, writer, and educator.

Veronica Voss-Macomber

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

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

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.