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Evan Abramson Landscape Interactions
Evan Abramson, M.S.E.D. is a Pollination Systems Designer and Planner at LandscapeInteractions. Drawing on his diverse experience as a regional planner, landscape designer, farmer, community organizer, filmmaker and photojournalist, he designs landscapes and regional corridors that build biodiversity and strengthen ecological resilience to a changing climate at the ecosystems level, through the (re)creation of native pollinator-plant interactions. He holds a Master of Science in Ecological Design from the Conway School, and is co-author of the Great Barrington Pollinator Action Plan.
Jack Ahern U Mass
413 – 545 – 2710
Jack Ahern, PhD is an award-winning landscape architect, a professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning and Vice Provost of International Programs at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Dr. Ahern has researched and written extensively about the issues surrounding urban growth, landscape planning, biodiversity, and sustainability. His latest book, published in 2010, is Water-Centric Sustainable Communities.
Thomas Almendinger Duke Farms Foundation
Thomas Almendinger is the Director of Stewardship for the Duke Farms Foundation in Hillsborough, NJ. He has developed and now directs a large-scale landscape regeneration program on the 2,700-acre property that includes a range of habitats fostering nearly 30 species of wildlife that are listed as threatened and endangered in New Jersey. Mr. Almendinger holds a BS in Ecology and Natural Resources from Cook College of Rutgers University and a MS in Ecology and Evolution from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences-Rutgers University.
Jay Archer Green Jay Landscaping
Jay Archer is one of the East Coast’s leading advocates for ecological landscaping, native plants, and organic land care. In addition to creative landscape design, construction and management, he has lectured extensively on subjects ranging from rain gardens and storm water management to wetland and ecological restoration. Jay has collaborated as an ecological consultant with Westchester County Government and numerous environmental non-profits. He continues to design and install custom ecological landscape solutions with his firm, Green Jay Landscaping, throughout New York and Connecticut.
Irene Barber Greenscapes Design LLC
It is important to me to pursue continuing education within horticulture, landscape and holistic organizations in order to keep my knowledge current with new studies, practices and concepts. I love to learn from other professionals in the complimentary professions of horticulture, alternative outdoor therapies and landscape design, and by networking with others I gain more insight about what’s occurring in educational and applied fieldwork settings. I have a background in horticulture, greenhouse and landscape management, landscape designing and horticultural therapy as well as degrees in Communications and Horticulture. I truly enjoy sharing with people the power of plants and nature.
Nina Bassuk Cornell University
Dr. Nina Bassuk has been a professor and program leader of the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University for the past 30 years. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Urban Forestry Council. In addition, Dr. Bassuk co-authored Trees in the Urban Landscape, a text on establishing trees in disturbed and urban landscapes, and has written hundreds of papers on the physiological problems of plants growing in urban environments, improved plant selections for difficult sites, soil modification (including the development of CU-Structural Soil), and transplanting technology.
Thomas Berger Green Art, Inc
Thomas Berger has a degree in Agriculture from Kassel University, and worked in Agriculture and related fields in Germany, France, Australia and Niger/West Africa before settling in the US, where he started his own landscaping business. His broad expertise includes a deep knowledge of the native New England flora and insect fauna, which he documents in his photography (see https://www.flickr.com/people/156772709@N04/). Berger is also a sculptor with public and private works in New England and beyond.
Tim Boland The Polly Hill Arboretum
Tim Boland is the Executive Director of the Polly Hill Arboretum on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, West Tisbury, MA. Prior to his move to the Vineyard, he was Curator of Horticulture at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. He is a nationally recognized author, photographer, and lecturer. Mr. Boland holds a BS in ornamental horticulture and a MS in Plant Ecology and Systematics, both from Michigan State University.
Nicholas Brazee University of Massachusetts
Dr. Nicholas Brazee is Extension Plant Pathologist at the University of Massachusetts plant diagnostic clinic. Prior to this, he worked as a Research Plant Pathologist with the USDA Forest Service in Madison, WI. Dr. Brazee has extensive training and experience in diagnostics and plant pathology and provides diagnostic and teaching programs to Green Industry professionals. He has a PhD from the University of Massachusetts.
Karen Bussolini University of Massachusetts
Karen Bussolini is a organic gardener, garden photographer, writer, speaker, and eco-friendly garden coach teaching homeowners how to create healthy yards full of life, diversity, and delight
Her six books include The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-step Guide to Bringing Nature to Your Backyard and The Homeowner’s Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook.
Topics: Naturescape Your Yard, The Edible/Ornamental Garden, Landscaping with Native Plants
Planting the Year-Round Pollinator Garden, Herb Liberation, Bringing It All Home: Garden Photography, Garden Making and The Art of Seeing. To view a complete list of topics and subscribe to Eco-Friendly News, Views, Clues and How-To’s go to www.karenbussolini.com.
Sandra Nam Cioffi Ink Landscape Architects, PLLC
Sandra is Principal of Ink Landscape Architects, PLLC, Director of Marketing & Outreach at QiqoChat Inc., and Creator of the CUT|FILL conference series for civic design practices. She has designed and managed projects across the US and abroad – complex urban, institutional & cultural projects while at Nelson Byrd Woltz, Parker Rodriguez Inc, and Margie Ruddick Landscape. She is on the PDC Designing New York: Streetscapes Steering Committee and volunteers for Green Schoolyards America. Sandra’s speaking engagements on topics range from large-scale public design, pollinator pathways, to designing and creating online conferences for community engagement.
Mike Clough Japanese Knotweed Solutions
0161 723 2000
Mike Clough formed Japanese Knotweed Solutions Limited (JKSL) in 2002 in response to his observation of the dramatic spread of invasive weeds, in particular the aggressive invader, Japanese knotweed. For the past 9 years, Mr. Clough has traveled around the UK educating local authorities, construction companies and environmental associations about his extensive research and effective invasive control methods. Prior to forming JKSL, Mike Clough, educated at Leeds Metropolitan University of England, was an award winning Landscape Architect.
Russ Cohen pursues his passion of connecting to nature via his taste buds. He is an expert forager and the author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, published in 2004 by the Essex County Greenbelt Association. Mr. Cohen has been teaching foraging since 1974 and leads foraging walks each year at a wide variety of venues throughout the Northeast.
Barbara Conolly Gardens by Barbara Conolly, Inc.
Barbara’s passion for creating beautiful outdoor spaces led her to start her successful garden design business. Now a horticultural leader and resource on Cape Cod for homeowners and landscapers, she enjoys sharing her knowledge in combining the art and science of horticulture to create sustainable, beautiful outdoor environments. She was a fellow in the prestigious Cornell Botanic Garden Graduate Program in Public Garden Leadership where she earned her master’s degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture. Barbara’s latest projects include landscape renovation for a 200-acre condominium association and a public pocket park. Her speaking style is full energy and passion.
Lisa Cowan Studioverde
Lisa Cowan, PLA, Studioverde, is a nationally recognized landscape architect with expertise in ecology-based land design and sustainable SITES certification. Lisa’s pioneering work in successful wetland restoration and creation was featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine. Lisa teaches courses at the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden focused on environmental design principles and techniques for ecosystem restoration. Her work includes the planting and hardscape design for outdoor gathering spaces at the FBI’s Quantico campus (Virginia), and the landscape art entrance feature for the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building (Maine) and the site design for the Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Mount Desert Island office.
Jimmy Dick Furbish Company – Living Roofs and Walls
Jimmy Dick is Director of Business Development for Furbish Company and SmartSlope. Prior to joining the Furbish Company he was the mid-Atlantic Business Development Director for Marcor Remediation, Inc. He is a consortium support member of the Watershed Stewardship Academy in Anne Arundel County, MD. In this role he provides volunteer technical assistance for green roof, raingarden, and native plant projects. He hopes to develop a similar academy to educate the residences of Maryland’s eastern shore.
Leslie Duthie Horticulture Volunteer, Teacher
Leslie Duthie has over 40 years experience working with native plants in landscape settings. Formerly employed at the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary where she propagated ferns and native (primarily herbaceous) plants, developed habitat gardens, augmented existing gardens and taught for over 38 years. Leslie has extensive teaching experience, lecturing for garden clubs, master gardeners, a teacher at the Native Plant Trust and at Tower Hill Botanical Garden. She active in the community where she is a volunteer Vice-President of the Opacum Land Trust and on the Conservation Commission for the Town of Monson, MA, helping to protect over 1800 acres of land through grant funding.
Ann Duzan Daisyenne Designs LLC
Anne Duzan, APLD CBLP, is a landscape designer interested in sustainable landscaping, native plants, and stormwater management on residential and small commercial sites. After earning a B.A. in Botany from Rutgers University, Anne worked for several years in academic, pharmaceutical, and biotech research&development labs until she decided to follow her strong interest in plants and ecology. She started with a graduate Wetlands course at West Chester University, followed by earning a Certificate of Merit in Landscape Design from Longwood Gardens, and a certification from the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council for sustainable landscaping emphasizing stormwater retrofit best practices.
Kim Eierman EcoBeneficial!
Kim Eierman is an environmental horticulturist and founder of EcoBeneficial!, a horticulture consulting and communications company. Kim is also a Master Gardener, a Master Naturalist, an Accredited Organic Landcare Professional, and a Steering Committee member of The Native Plant Center. She teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center, The Mt. Cuba Center and Rutgers Home Gardeners School. Kim lectures on a number of ecological gardening topics at green industry conferences as well as events for garden clubs, beekeeping groups, Audubon Society chapters and other groups interested in improving the environment.
Ann English Montgomery County Rainscapes
Ann English, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, is the RainScapes Program Coordinator in the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Montgomery County, MD. She holds degrees in Architectural and Social History (U. Penn), Regional Planning (Penn State) and Landscape Architecture (University of Georgia). For Montgomery County DEP, Ms. English was responsible for the successful expansion of the RainScapes Rewards incentive rebate program. At the same time, she worked to develop technical and educational storm water education resources for general audiences, started the RainScapes for Schools program, and created a training program for landscape professionals.
John Engwer Groundscapes Express
John Engwer is the principal of and driving force behind Groundscapes Express and Phase II Stormwater Solutions based in Wrentham, Massachusetts. He has been developing leading-edge, ecologically sound erosion control and stormwater practices and implementing them throughout New England for the past 14 years. There is increasing demand for these practices from municipalities and commercial and private property owners.
Ben Falk Whole Systems Design
Ben Falk developed Whole Systems Design, LLC (WSD) as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. At the Whole Systems Research Farm in Vermont, WSD is developing land production and ecological restoration methods aimed at increasing self-reliance in the face of peak oil, climate change, and other shifts. Mr. Falk’s integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings is continually informed by his life as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender, and backcountry traveler. He has studied architecture and landscape architecture and holds a master’s degree in land-use planning and design. He teaches design courses including permaculture, microclimate, and design for climate change.
Anna Fialkoff Wild Seed Project
As the new program manager, Anna is ready to help Wild Seed Project further its educational programming, deepen relationships with partner organizations, and catalyze a movement to rewild Maine. Anna was most recently Senior Horticulturist at Native Plant Trust’s Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA, where she designed and installed native plant gardens, managed interns and volunteers, and taught the public ways to incorporate native plants in their own gardens. With a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic and an MS in Ecological Design from The Conway School, she brings with her a deep knowledge of native plant ecology, horticulture, conservation, and ecological landscape design.
Jennifer Forman Orth MA Dept of Agricultural Resources
Forman Orth Bio:
Jennifer Forman Orth, PhD is an invasive plant ecologist, currently working as the State Plant Pest Survey Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. Ms. Forman Orth is engaged in surveying for high-priority invasive pests, weeds, and diseases, and also doing outreach to the green industry and to the public about these pests. A significant percentage of her time has been devoted to Asian longhorned beetle outreach and education since this invasive pest was discovered in Worcester, MA in August 2008.
Charles Gleaves Kingwood Center Gardens
I am a career-long public garden professional having entered the field through my botanical and horticultural interests and skills. Now, as a public garden administrator, I am particularly keen on attracting the public to the benefits of gardens and gardening. My fascination with the intersection between horticulture and biological systems management brought me to the Ecological Landscape Alliance, but I have many additional plant related interests. I am an avid gardener, garden photographer, and garden traveler. I speak on many gardening topics including German and American gardens, my private gardening, my public gardening, and gardening techniques and ideas. I live and garden in Ohio.
Brandy Hall Shades of Green Permaculture Design
Brandy founded Shades of Green in 2008. Since then, she has worked with hundreds of clients who are applying permaculture in the non-profit sector, schools, businesses, farms, homes, and municipalities in Georgia and beyond. Having gotten her General Contractor’s license directly after completing her undergraduate work at the age of 20, she began training as a stone mason, and fell in love with green building, and the intersection of intelligent design and the natural world. She has hands-on expertise in building off-grid water systems, landscape construction, and integrated farming systems.
CeCe Haydock Constance T Haydock Landscape Architecture
As a SITES, LEED and WEDG accredited professional (AP), CeCe has spoken internationally on all aspects of achieving sustainable landscapes – with or without certification – from urban parks to public eastern prairie remnants. Using her hands-on knowledge of sustainable landscapes, she is knowledgeable of the science and practicality of installing small gardens to large open space, and how to achieve the best sustainable practices for soil, water, planting, recyclable materials, and human health and well-being.
Ingeborg Hegemann BSC Companies
508-792-4500 x 4514
Ingeborg Hegeman is a wetland scientist and the vice president and principal of BSC’s Ecological Sciences Group. She has consulting experience in environmental science, wetlands assessment and impact analysis, regulatory permitting, stormwater management and municipal regulatory analysis, and public hearings. Ms. Hegeman teaches environmental impact analysis and regulation courses to state agencies and local and regional environmental interests. She currently serves on a local Conservation Commission.
Heather Heimarck HighMark Land Design
Heather Heimarck is the principal of HighMark Land Design, a Planning and Landscape Architecture firm collaborating with public and private clients to create living environments that are humanistically and environmentally balanced. Highmark Land Design (2000), is known for its creative and technical abilities and long term commitment to sustainable homes and communities. Heather is an experienced educator with years of teaching on the undergraduate and graduate level. She is a popular lecturer for the Federated Garden Club’s Landscape Design program on a wide variety of design, technical skills, and history topics.
Dale Hendricks Green Light Plants, LLC
Dale Hendricks is the founder and owner of Green Light Plants LLC and for many years was co-founder and President of North Creek Nurseries, both located in Southeast Pennsylvania. Mr. Hendricks is a well-known advocate and educator in both horticulture and biochar communities. He has been a native plant and sustainable landscape promoter for more than two decades and served on the founding Steering Committee of the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference in Millersville, PA.
Mark Highland Organic Mechanic Soil
Mark Highland received his M.S. from the Longwood Graduate Program, focusing on compost and potting soil. After the Longwood Graduate Program, Mark started The Organic Mechanic Soil Company, LLC. As a frequent guest on NBC’s The 10! Show, he showcased the joy of gardening. Mr. Highland is also an approved consultant for the EPA and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, working to educate farms and businesses on food-waste composting.
Barbara Hobens Hudson Highlands Garden Design
Barbara Hobens of Hudson Highlands Garden Design is an edible and ornamental property designer with a focus on nature- scaping and forest-scaping gardening for and with wildlife in mind. She writes a weekly e-newspaper column, Philipstown Gardens featured in Garden Your City. She is a founding member of Manitoga’s Woodland Landscape Council, a certified Deer Steward, and a trained Habitat Steward Host spearheading NatureScape Putnam in 2012 – a habitat education and gardening initiative.
Daniel Jaffe Wilder Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary
Jaffe Wilder Bio:
Photographer and author Dan Jaffe Wilder earned a degree in botany from the University of Maine, Orono, an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from Native Plant Trust (formally New England Wild Flower Society), and has years of nursery management and plant sales experience. He is passionate about ecological horticulture, building both sustainability and wildlife value into every landscape, and the foraging and cultivation of wild edible plants. He is the Horticulturalist and Propagator for Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary and the staff photographer. His book Native Plants for New England Gardens was released spring of 2018.
Molly Janicki Molly Janicki Horticultural Services
Coming from a long line of gardeners and naturalists, Molly Janicki has been working with plants and gardens in New England for decades. When the link between her garden work and the larger problems associated with climate change became impossible to ignore, Molly founded her own company to provide thoughtful horticultural solutions that reduce the energy and resources typically required of our landscapes. Through her work, Molly hopes to bring the beauty of the natural world to her community and beyond. She offers classes, lectures, coaching and horticultural services that teach people to create and care for landscapes that make a positive impact on the planet.
Ann Kearsley Ann Kearsley Design
207 756 8899
Ann Kearsley MLA, MLAUD is a registered landscape architect and urban designer and the owner of Ann Kearsley Design based in Portland, ME. AKD specializes in ecologically based landscape design, connecting landscape form and spatial structure to the dynamics of a site’s natural systems and the enhancement of ecosystem function. The firm’s work ranges from large-scale master planning to public parks and private gardens. AKD has extensive experience with the planning and design of agricultural landscapes where farming operations are integrated with experiential educational programming, research and community outreach. Ann Kearsley lectures at local, regional and international conferences.
Liz Kelly Resilience Planning & Design
Liz Kelly of Resilience Planning & Design is a professional planner and designer based in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Liz holds a M.S. in Ecological Design and Planning and has completed a variety of local/regional planning and site design projects focused on placemaking, open space protection, permaculture, resiliency, downtown revitalization, comprehensive planning, throughout her career. She is a certified permaculture teacher, an adjunct faculty member at Plymouth State University, and the Board Chair of the Permaculture Association of the Northeast.
Kate Kennen Kennen Landscape Architecture
Kate Kennen, Principal of Kennen Landscape Architecture and Offshoots, Inc., is a registered Landscape Architect based in downtown Boston. Ms. Kennen is well versed in the plants and ecological systems of the Northeast. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a MLA from Harvard University. Ms. Kennen currently teaches a research seminar on phytotechnologies with Niall Kirkwood at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Kory Kreisder The Watershed Institute
Kory Kreiseder has been with The Watershed Institute since April 2017 as the stormwater specialist with the Policy and Advocacy team as well as the Science and Stewardship team. Previously she spent three years as an urban conservation specialist for the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, where she advised governments, businesses and residents on stormwater management issues. Currently, she is working with Hopewell Borough through on the restoration of the Beden Brook funded by a grant received from NJ Department of Environmental Protection. This project will install over 25 different green infrastructure practices including rain gardens, cisterns, porous paving, etc.
Geoff Kuter Agresource, Inc.
Dr. Geoffrey Kuter serves as President of Agresource, Inc., a Massachusetts based company that operates composting facilities handling municipal biosolids, leaf and yard wastes, and food residuals. Agresource markets compost for various composting facilities in the northeast and distributes in excess of 100,000 cubic yards of compost annually from more than 12 facilities from Maine to Maryland.
Martha Lazar Bluestar Gardens, Inc
Bluestar Gardens offers design, installation and maintenance of backyards, terraces and tree beds for both residential and commercial clients in the New York City area. Martha holds a BFA in photography and a certificate of horticulture from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where she assisted both the curator of the Native Flora garden and the curator of the Osborne garden. Martha combines her knowledge of horticulture with her fine art sensibility to create her gardens.While there’s hardly a plant that Martha doesn’t love, US natives are her favorites. She feels that we can create gardens that are both visually striking, and which can also become welcoming habitats for birds and butterflies.
Golden Love Loves Gardens
Golden Love is a garden ecologist, a certified ARSCA Rainwater Catchment Professional, Greywater Action certified installer, landscape contractor, California Community College credentialed instructor, ELA California Coordinator, and principle of Love’s Gardens based in Santa Cruz, CA. He has been creating gardens for over 30 years with a focus on sustainable use of resources and specializes in building Water Neutral Gardens™ – gardens that incorporate rainwater harvesting, greywater use, edible and native plants, and local renewable resources. Mr. Love is committed to establishing community practices that are nourishing and respectful of the planet, humans, and animals.
Jeff Lowenfels Author
Jeff Lowenfels has been writing an award-winning garden column for the Anchorage Dispatch News for over forty years. He is the founder of Plant a Row for the Hungry, a program that encourages all gardeners to donate one row to feed the hungry. A popular national garden writer and leading proponent of gardening using the concepts of the soil food web, Jeff is the former president of the Garden Writers Association. He lives in Anchorage, Alaska, and Portland, Oregon. Jeff’s popular trilogy of books includes: Teaming with Fungi: The Organic Grower’s Guide to Mycorrhizae; Teaming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition; and Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web (Revised Edition).
Shay Lunseth Organic Lawns by Lunseth
As an animal-lover and mother of two children, I have always focused on protecting the environment that we all live. In 2007, my husband started a traditional lawn care business, and in 2008 we had our first child and stopped using chemicals on our home lawn. Upon the birth of our second child, I decided to help and expand the business to offer organic solutions. I didn’t have a background in the industry, so decided to go back to school and get my Master of Horticulture from the U of MN. My educated was completely focused on organic lawn care management and we quickly became recognized as industry leaders in this niche market – now with 1100 customers in the Twin Cities area.
Todd Lynch Ecotropy LLC
Todd Lynch is the principal of Ecotropy LLC, a landscape design studio serving Western Massachusetts and beyond. Todd integrates medicinal plants, ecology and art to create outdoor spaces which strengthen and illustrate the connections shared by human and ecological wellness. He holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Masters in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design. Todd is certified in Health Care Garden Design and in Community Herbalism. He may be reached through his website where he blogs about the intersections of landscape, wellness and art, www.ecotropy.net
Lecture topics include: Restoration for yourself and the landscape; Native Medicinal plants in the landscape; Connecting people to place through environmental sculpture; and Healing spaces, healing plants
Michele MacKinnon Solopreneur
Michele’s talks and articles have inspired hundreds to dig in, get dirty, and enjoy their gardens in the past several years. As a UCONN-certified Advanced Master Gardener and a CT NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, she is a trusted expert with a “growing” following. For four years, Michele has been a contributor to Sierra Club’s CT chapter online newsletter with a distribution of 8,000 readers. She publishes a monthly
Garden Advice newsletter to over 200 readers and mentors new Master Gardeners in Fairfield County’s Extension office. When she’s not digging in the dirt, Michele digs deeper into gardening with classes, lectures, podcasts, books, webinars, and garden tours.
Joe Magazzi Green Earth Agriculture
Joe Magazzi, MS, is the president and co-founder of Green Earth Agriculture, a company that provides eco-friendly products and consulting services to land care professionals and farmers. He has been involved in the research and development of microbial-based products for use in turf care and agriculture for many years. Joe Magazzi has a Master’s degree in genetics (with a microbiology focus) from the University of Connecticut-Storrs. His research has been published in scientific journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine.
Jennifer Markel Cloud Landscape Design
Cloud Landscape Design is a company grounded in a passion for plants, spatial aesthetics, and drawing document quality. Projects include residential landscape design, adult education centers, senior care facilities, as well as multi-family/commercial work. Regardless of scale or type Jennifer creates beautiful, usable spaces with a strong awareness of client focus, building type, and functionality. She also provides consistent communication, awareness of client needs, and excellent follow-through during all project phases.
Amy Martin Amy Martin Landscape Design
Together we are a team of landscape designers and fine gardeners who imagine, create and care for residential landscapes. We create outdoor living spaces and foster ecosystems where people can make space in their lives to connect with family, friends and nature. Amy seeks to tell the story of each property and the people who live there by understanding the family’s lifestyle and interests, as well as the land’s natural inclinations. Her love of nature, architecture, and art have led to a unique approach to landscape design that blends these elements together into a property with a distinct personality and sensibility.
Freelance garden writer, author, and lecturer as well as hands-on gardener, outdoors and inside. Tovah Martin is a major advocate for a natural approach to gardening as well as a cheerleader for adopting plants and greenery into your home. Author of many gardening titles, freelance contributor to national and regional publications, she is the recipient of many awards and is particularly proud to be an honorary member of The Garden Club of America. Tovah lectures throughout the country on such topics as Garden Stewardship, Gardening as if the World Depends on Us, and is newly presenting Boot Camp for your Senses to coincide with publication of her new book, The Garden in Every Sense and Season.
Nanette Masi Back to Nature
Nanette Masi is a nature-inspired landscape designer, photographer, writer and educator. Her business, Back to Nature, creates sanctuary landscapes that soothe the soul and connect her clients to the natural world, integrating native and sustainable plant communities that bring beauty, bird song and butterflies into their lives. With degrees in Botany, Ecology and Education, and years of organic gardening and design experience, Nanette has been a guiding force in the creation of wildlife habitat gardens throughout the region. Nanette also brings seminars to life through her award-winning nature and landscape photography. She is a regular speaker for watershed groups, ecological landscaping
Heather McCargo Wild Seed Project
Heather is an educator with 30 years of experience in plant propagation, landscape design, horticulture, and conservation. A former head plant propagator at Native Plant Trust’s Garden in the Woods during the 1990s, Heather has also worked at several landscape architecture/planning firms specializing in ecological design, and has contributed to research projects with USAID, the National Gardening Association, and MOFGA. She has lectured nationally and is widely published in journals and magazines such as Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s “Growing from Seed,” Horticulture, American Nurseryman and many others. Heather has a BA in plant ecology from Hampshire College an MA from The Conway School.
Richard McCoy, Principal Richard A. McCoy Horticultural Services Inc.
Richard is a 30-year green industry professional. He is the visionary behind Richard A. McCoy Horticultural Services Inc.. which he established in 1995.
Recognized by Smithsonian Institute’s Archives of American Gardens. Richard is an advisor for the Organic Landscape Association, a member of the Rutgers Organic Land Care Working Group and is a co-contributor to the Rutgers Organic Land Care Best Management Practices Manual . He holds a Certificate of Organic Land Care through the Rutgers Organic Land Care Program, is a NOFA AOLCP. Additionally, is a certified Natural Turf and Landscape Manager.
Rebecca McMackin Brooklyn Bridge Park
Rebecca McMackin is the Park Horticulturalist for award-winning Brooklyn Bridge Park with an eye to wildlife encouragement and habitat creation. Ms. McMackin is an avid environmental educator and lectures at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Columbia University. She holds a MS in Landscape Design from Columbia University and a MSc in Biology from the University of Victoria.
Lynden Miller Public Garden Design
Lynden B. Miller is the director of The Conservatory Garden in Central Park and has designed many gardens and parks in the five boroughs of New York. Ms. Miller received the Distinguished Alumnae Award from Smith College in 1999, which described her as one “who uses the beauty and enchantment of public gardens to instill new pride in communities and change the personal and public experience of urban life.” Ms. Miller’s new book, Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape won the American Horticultural Society 2010 National Book Award.
Daphne Minner Growing Garden Habitats
I provide talks and workshops to adults with varied experience, on creating gardens to support native plants and pollinators. My focus is on native New England species, and the inclusion of relevant botanical and ecological science content to encourage a deeper appreciation for the natural things we see every day. My talk topics include: transforming a standard grass lawn into productive habitat for wildlife; plant-pollinator relationships; plant form and function; life cycle of flowering plants; and plant adaptations. As a professional educator, I use hands-on experiences and real life examples to connect the audience to the content of my talks in an accessible and practical way.
Emily Mueller Decelis Michael Van Valkenburg Assoc
Mueller Decelis Bio:
Emily Mueller De Celis is a Senior Associate at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) where she has served as the lead coordinator on over 16 projects, including the transformative Alumnae Valley Landscape Renewal project. Her work includes urban projects such as Don River Park, a brownfield reclamation site in Toronto, Ontario; Library Park, Harvard’s first sustainable urban park in Allston, MA; and Teardrop Park, in Battery Park City’s extensive park system in New York City. Ms. Mueller De Celis received her BA in Architectural History and Sculpture from Wellesley College in 1991, her Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia in 1996, and her MLA from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1998. In addition, she has been an adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Alex Murray Mass DOT Highway Division
Alex Murray is a Wetlands and Water Resources Analyst in the Environmental Services Section of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). As the Coordinator of MassDOT’s new Impaired Waters Program he works with design consultants to determine what stormwater features might be necessary to address discharges to impaired waters. He is well versed in all aspects of wetland and storm water regulations, permitting and policy.
Judy Nauseef Judy Nauseef Landscape Design
I have been designing residential landscapes for over 30 years in the Midwest. For the last 15 years I have been designing native plants habitat gardens.I have been adding native plants to my gardens during this time and we have planted prairies as well. Sustainability and resilience are integral to my landscape designs. I have been writing about design and gardens for many years and in 2016 my book Gardening with Native Plants in the Upper Midwest: Bringing the Tallgrass Prairie Home was published by the University of Iowa Press. I speak on garden design and gardening with native plants. My website www.songsforthegarden.com includes a speaker one page, a publications list, and my blog.
Trecia Neal Green Gardens Education and Designs
Trecia was a biologist at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta for over 30 years and retired in 2017. Her areas of expertise are ornithology, monarch biology and ecology, composting and establishing outdoor classrooms and landscapes for homeowners. Trecia has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in science education with an emphasis in animal behavior. Trecia works with homeowners to make their properties into beautiful, low maintenance yards that can provide food, wildlife habitat and a connection to nature. Trecia is also a board member of Monarchs Across Georgia and does public speaking engagements on a number of topics including composting, worms and monarch ecology.
Jono Neiger Regenerative Design
Jono Neiger has twenty years experience in conservation, restoration, land stewardship, permaculture, and landscape design. He uses his diverse expertise to create productive and integrated landscapes. He is a principal at Regenerative Design Group, on the faculty at the Conway School of Landscape Design, and board president of the Permaculture Institute of the Northeast.
Nick Novick Small Planet Landscaping
Nick Novick has been providing environmentally sensitive landcare services in east-central Massachusetts since 1999. Areas of specialization include lawn care with minimal chemical use, designing and establishing native-grass and wildflower meadows, and controlling invasive plants, as well as on other general landscaping and gardening topics. He has presented for numerous local conservation associations, garden clubs, and conferences including the Ecological Landscape Alliance winter conference, the New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation Conference, and the New Directions in the American Landscape Symposium.
Lourdes Osario Terrascapes Landscape Design & Fine Gardening
Lourdes is a speaker on various gardening topics related to native plants, pollinators, and eco-friendly gardens including deer-resistant native plants, gardening for butterflies and other pollinators, designing a native plant garden, etc. She is the creator of Native Plant Channel on YouTube, an educational channel that helps gardeners in the northeast increase their use of native plants by offering videos on natives and their growing requirements, and also garden tours of public and private native plant gardens. She is an educator, member of the Board of Directors for Laurelwood Arboretum, and Master Gardener.
Mary Owen U Mass Extension
Mary Owen, a veteran educator, is the team leader and technical specialist for the UMass Amherst, Extension Turf Program where she oversees the development of programs and publications for lawn and land care professions. Ms. Owen provides technical consultations for professional turf and grounds managers, volunteer and community groups, and others interested in lawn and land care. She is a founding member of the New England Sports Turf Managers Association and currently serves as a special advisor. She is an active participant in the Massachusetts Association of Lawn Care Professionals, the New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation and the national Sports Turf Managers Association and has served on her local Conservation Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission.
Elena Pascarella Landscape Elements LLC
In 2019 Landscape Elements LLC earned a merit award from the RI Chapter ASLA for a private residential project that managed storm water naturally through restoration of site ecology. Ms. Pascarella presented this project to the RI Flood Mitigation Association in 2018.
Bill Peregrine Earthdance Organics LLC
Bill Peregrine, EPC is a designer, builder and care professional of organic and sustainable landscapes. He has a passion for understanding Nature’s natural systems and replicating those systems in the built landscape. With more than 30 years of horticultural experience, Bill has learned to listen to the growing desire for people to reconnect with Nature and has brought that connection right to his customers’ yards. Bill is President of Earthdance Organics LLC, an organic and sustainable landscape company, and an ecoPRO, a Certified Sustainable Landscape Professional. He also sits on the Environmental Education Steering Committee for the Puyallup Watershed Initiative (pwi.org).
Michael Phillips Herbs and Apples
Michael Phillips is known across the country for helping people grow healthy fruit. The “community orchard movement” that he helped found provides a full immersion into an holistic approach to orchard growing. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire. Mr. Phillips is author of several books, including The Holistic Orchard, which recently received Garden Book of the Year honors from the American Horticultural Society, and Apple Grower.
Mark Richardson Tower Hill Botanic Garden
508-869-6111 ext. 122
Mark Richardson is Director of Horticulture for Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. Prior to joining the staff at Tower Hill, Mark served as Botanic Garden Director for New England Wild Flower Society, where he oversaw Garden in the Woods and Nasami Farm native plant nursery. He has a passion for ecological horticulture and native plants and is co-author of Native Plants for New England Gardens (Globe Pequot, 2018).
Julie Richburg The Trustees Of Reservations
Julie Richburg, PhD is the Regional Ecologist for The Trustees of Reservations (a state-wide non-profit land trust) Western Region in MA. She oversees natural resource inventory and management for the 40 properties (approx. 9,000 acres) owned or managed by The Trustees. While at UMass Amherst, Dr. Richburg’s research focused on control of woody invasive plants using mechanical and prescribed fire treatments across the Northeast. In 2008, she wrote “Invasive Plant Management: Guidelines for Managers” which includes guidelines for prioritizing invasive plant management by propertyor region. In 2009, she organized a partnership of individuals, organizations, and agencies interested in invasive species control within the Westfield River Watershed.
Chris Roddick Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Christopher Roddick is the Head Arborist and Foreman of Grounds at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. For over 20 years, he has developed the garden’s tree care program and established the BBG as a leader in Conservation Arboriculture and veteran tree care. Mr. Roddick consults with landscape architects, designers, and private clients on mature tree preservation, tree risk assessments, and tree protection in construction and development sites. He is the author of the Tree Care Primer a guide to care for young, mature, and veteran trees. When he’s not working in Brooklyn, he is often on an expedition, traveling to the Neo-Tropical forests where he conducts canopy research as a climber and project coordinator.
Kathleen Salisbury Duke Farms Foundation
Kathleen Salisbury is the Team Leader of Education at Duke Farms Foundation in Hillsborough, NJ. She is responsible for teaching the public about Duke’s stewardship projects and practices and how to replicate them in a residential landscape. She also develops and implements innovative educational programming for families, adults, and professionals. Ms. Salisbury has a BS in Ornamental Horticulture and Environmental Design from Delaware Valley College and a MS in Public Horticulture Administration from the University of Delaware where she was a Longwood Fellow.
Kristi Sherfinski Helianthus LLC
Helianthus designs environmentally sustainable landscapes that are good for the planet as well as attractive to people. Helianthus is a certified small business enterprise providing full-service landscape architecture services that place emphasis on regenerative and ecologically responsible solutions for landscape development. We are unique in that we operate at the intersection of landscape design and wetlands ecology and have a whole systems approach to sustainable site management. Our approaches are environmentally focused, innovative, and multidisciplinary. Our team is experienced at meeting Federal, State, and local permitting requirements for wetland and natural resource impacts.
Trevor Smith Land Escapes
Trevor Smith MCH, LEED Green Associate, AOLCP is the owner of Land Escapes, a landscape design company specializing in native plant design, living walls, green roofs, rain harvesting, permeable pavements, and urban farming. Mr. Smith is the president of the Ecological Landscape Alliance and is a certified Green Living Technologies Living Roof and Wall Installer.
Scott Smyers Oxbow Associates
Scott Smyers is a Senior Scientist at Oxbow Associates, Inc., a wetlands and wildlife consulting company specializing in rare amphibian and reptile study and mitigation. He received his M.S. from the University of Louisiana and has studied the behavior and ecology of amphibian and reptile species native to the eastern United States for more than 17 years. Mr. Smyers has provided consultation services for projects such as residential developments, utility easements, roadway improvements, airport expansions, and development within military facilities to address concerns regarding wetlands and rare wildlife.
Tony Somers SWCA Environmental Consultants
Blending innovative design techniques with a strong regulatory acuity, Tony Somers creates ecologically-conscientious and socially-engaging spaces that exceed expectations. Outreach experience includes design/planning charrettes, expert testimony in front of municipalities throughout the east coast, leading environmental education programs, and presenting at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. Subject matter expertise ranges from design of wetland and stream corridor restorations, green infrastructure, LID and stormwater BMPs, municipal parks, and commercial campus development; to planning areas such as land use development, resiliency planning, and community redevelopment.
Theresa Sprague Blue Flax Design
Theresa Sprague owns BlueFlax Design and works directly with property owners and conservation commissions on invasive species management and restoration projects throughout Cape Cod. Prior to forming her own company, Ms. Sprague was responsible for coordinating restoration projects from design through construction. She holds a M.S. in Ecological Design from The Conway School.
Kevin Staso North Creek Nurseries
Kevin Staso is Sales Director for North Creek Nurseries in Landenberg PA, where he develops regional and national native plant programs for wholesale growers and retailers. His responsibilities also include sustaining North Creek’s position as the preferred supplier of Landscape Plugs™ to the landscaping, engineering, watershed, municipal, and conservation communities throughout North America. Mr. Staso holds a BS degree from UNC Greensboro, is a member of Pennsylvania’s Storm Water Technical Review Council’s Vegetation Advisory Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Ecological Landscaping Association.
Andy Sudbrock Nashville Natives, LLC
Andy Sudbrock is a restoration ecologist who has been growing and using native plants to restore communities and ecosystems for 25 years. He is also a passionate gardener and native plant geek who gets excited about things weird things like endemism and the pornography of pollination. Andy’s horticultural work is varied with specializations in prairie, wetland and woodland restoration, rare species propagation and conservation, and native plants for green roofs. He has presentations ranging from “Planting for Pollinators”, “The Pornography of Pollination”, “Favorite Native Plants of Tennessee and the Southeast”, and “Native Plants for Southern Green Roofs”. He lives with his wife, two daughters, one cat, two dogs, 12 chickens, 5 Guinea hens and 30,000 honeybees on his 15 acre pollinator and plant preserve in Fairview, TN. He lives with his wife, two daughters, one cat, two dogs, 12 chickens, 5 Guinea hens and 30,000 honeybees on his 15 acre pollinator and plant preserve in Fairview, TN.
John Swallow Pine & Swallow
Dr. John Swallow, a Principal and founder of Pine & Swallow Environmental, holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from MIT. His professional soils and horticulture practice spans four decades and has emphasized soil chemistry, analysis of environmental conditions for plant growth, site rehabilitation, and urban tree planting techniques. He has served on the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Technical Core and Soils Committees for many years. His recent projects include New York and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Governors Island, Four Freedoms Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and The High Line in NYC.
Jonny Thomas REGENERATE Garden Company
REGENERATE Garden Co. works with edible, medicinal, and native plants to create beautiful indoor and outdoor landscapes. A blend of horticulture, ecology, and small-scale urban agriculture, we strike a balance between elegant planting design and creating gardens that make sense for a changing world – and invite you to join the fun! Our goal is to make collaborative, inviting spaces – high impact gardens that delight the senses and serve purpose. We’re informed by a long history of garden making, and believe every landscape can be both beautiful and versatile.
John Todd John Todd Ecological Design
508 548 2545
Dr. John Todd, an internationally recognized biologist, is considered a leader in the field of ecological water purification. Developer of Eco Machines™, he was named one of the 20th century’s top 35 inventors by the Lemelson-MIT Program for Invention and Innovation and a “Hero of the Earth” by Time magazine in 1999. He is the cofounder of several foundations and companies with ecological missions including, The New Alchemy Institute (now The Green Center, Inc.) and Ocean Arks International. He is author of more than 200 articles on biology and planetary stewardship and author of The Village as Solar Ecology, Tomorrow Is Our Permanent Address, Reinhabiting Cities and Towns: Designing for Sustainability, and From Eco-Cities to Living Machines. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont and serves on numerous environmental and technical boards including the journal Ecological Engineering.
Eric Toensmeier Perennial Solutions
Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of Perennial Vegetables and co-author of Edible Forest Gardens. An expert on the useful perennial crops of the world, he has taught about permaculture and perennial food production systems in multiple languages and countries. His current project is promoting perennial farming systems, including agro-forestry and staple crops, while restoring degraded lands.
John Tycz Go Organic LLC
John Tycz is a lawn and turf specialist with expertise in residential lawn as well as athletic field turf. He is the founder of Go Organic, LLC and is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional.
Kate Venturini University of Rhode Island
Kate Venturini is the interim director of the University of Rhode Island (URI) Outreach Center. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and a Master’s of Marine Affairs from URI. Ms. Venturini currently manages the Invasive Plant Management Certification Program, the RI Residential Rain Garden Training Program, and oversees one of the largest community gardens in RI at Roger Williams Park (RWP) in Providence. She is currently working on the design and installation of RWP’s Edible Forest Garden. She is a Steering Committee member for the Rhody Native Initiative.
Gabriel Vigna Eco Restore Landscaping
Over the course of a few years I have worked for multiple companies, and had multiple educational opportunities. In high school I studied Natural Resource Management at Essex Tech, and then I took Environmental Studies at North Shore Community College. I had three internships in high school; one doing land surveying, one doing winter shorebird counts for the Trustees of Reservations, and one doing invasive plant removal and wetland delineation for an environmental company. During collage, I worked for two different companies as a landscaper. Now, at age 20, I have decided to start my own operation. My mission is to help create ecologically functioning and aesthetically appealing landscapes.
Claudia West, MLA Phyto Studio
Claudia West is a leading voice in the emerging field of ecological planting design. Known for her passionate advocacy of plant-driven design, Claudia is a widely sought out speaker and consultant who applies the technologies of plant systems to bring essential natural functions back into our cities and towns. She has worked on all sides of the green industry—as a designer, a grower, installer, and land manager—grounding her innovative work in pragmatic solutions that address the realities of our urbanizing world. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Planting in a Post-Wild World.
Tony Will Read Custom Soil
In his role as the Director of Marketing and New Product Development at Read Custom Soils, Tony Will combines his decades of industry experience with great communication skills to help explain how engineered soils are made and used in Low Impact Development projects. In the last few years, Tony has given Lunch & Learn presentations at over fifty firms involved with landscape architecture, design, engineering and construction. For 2020, this educational program has been updated and reorganized as a live teleconference presentation that can be tailored to the audience’s interests. Topics include ADA-compliant stabilized stonedust permeable paving, structural soil designs, fiber-reinforced soils, lightweight soils for green roofs and new directions in bioretention soil design.
Chad Wilson Wilson’s Natural Landscaping, LLC
Wilson’s Natural Landscaping is an environmentally correct firm. Our love is the art of the landscape. We transform drainage issues and blank canvases into usable symbiotic natural ecosystems for our clients!
Andrea Wilson Mueller Inside Out Design, LLC
Wilson Mueller Bio:
Andrea Wilson Mueller is a native Kentuckian and graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Design with a Bachelors of Arts in Design. She was raised in the horticulture industry by her dad and is the first and only APLD certified landscape designer in the state of Kentucky. She specializes in residential and commercial outdoor spaces of all sizes and styles with an ecological focus. Her primary interests lie in unique hardscape design, gardening for wildlife, edible gardens, and native plants.
Toby Wolf Wolf Landscape Architecture
Toby Wolf, MLA, is a landscape architect with twenty years’ experience providing design and master planning to public, private, non-profit, and residential clients. Mr. Wolf has taught design at Cornell University, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Landscape Institute, and the New England Wild Flower Society. He serves on the Horticulture Committee of the Friends of the Public Garden and the Board of Directors of the Ecological Landscape Alliance.
Camilla Worden Camilla Landscape Design
Camilla Worden has over 20 years’ experience in complete landscape design, installation, and ongoing maintenance of fine residential and commercial properties. She has a B.A. in Chemistry from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from New York University. Camilla is a NOFA-Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and is committed to promoting organic and ecologically sensitive practices. She holds a Landscape Design Certificate from The New York Botanic Garden and has been a Master Gardener since 1988. She is a certified Connecticut Nurseryperson, is a registered Custom Grounds Supervisor and is a licensed Landscape Contractor in both Connecticut and New York.
Keith Zaltzberg The Conway School / Regenerative Design Group
Keith Zaltzberg is a Partner and founder of the Regenerative Design Group. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Design from UMass Amherst, is an adjunct Faculty member at Conway School of Design and Smith College, and is a certified Permaculture Designer. Mr. Zaltzberg combines his professional training in environmental and Permaculture design with his hands-on experience as a farmer, homesteader and builder to help communities and individuals create new, symbiotic relationships with their landscape and homes.