Loree Bohl


Loree Bohl is a plant lover who chronicles her ever-evolving garden and plant-related adventures on her blog, thedangergarden.com. As part of the organizational team behind the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, she was able to share Westwind Farm Studio with other garden writers from around the world. Loree serves on the board of directors for the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and Pacific Horticulture. She can be reached at spikyplants@gmail.com and on Instagram @thedangergarden

David Laws

David A. Laws

David A. Laws enjoys combining his interests in gardening, technology, and travel by photographing and writing about them from his home in Pacific Grove, California. David is semiconductor curator at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California and serves on the board of the California Garden and Landscape History Society.

Sandy Masuo

Sandy Masuo is an editor, a writer, and an inveterate plant nerd and persistent citizen scientist. Gardening is her passion and succulents are an obsession. Sandy served as associate editor in the publications division of the Los Angeles Zoo. She also co-edits the Association for Zoological Horticulture (AZH) newsletter. From 2010 to 2014, she served on the SCHS Board, continues to manage the SCHS Facebook page, and intermittently contributes to the SCHS newsletter

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.

Paul Bonine

Xera Plants


Paul Bonine is a garden writer, lecturer, and owner of the wholesale specialty plant nursery Xera Plants, in Portland, Oregon.  A lifelong plant man, Paul has worked in the nursery industry for nearly twenty years and consulted for NPR, the Sunset Western Garden Book, and The Oregonian. He is the author of Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden (Timber Press, 2009).

Paul lectures on low-water gardening, unusual vines, and deer-resistant gardening. He lives in Portland, where he tests and selects new and useful plants for Pacific Northwest 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 www.normsnursery.blogspot.com.

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