Victoria Bolden is the Production Assistant at North Creek Nurseries. She holds a BA in Horticulture and a minor in Entomology from the Pennsylvania State University. Bolden has gathered propagation and growing experience from internships with Tyler Arboretum, Mt. Cuba Center, Longwood Gardens and Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania.

Eileen Boyle is the Director of Education and Research at Mt. Cuba Center. Previously she was a landscape designer, college professor, Director of Horticulture at New York Botanic Garden and the Philadelphia Zoo and ran the first and third largest parks in New York City.

Dr. Chuck Cannon, Director, Center for Tree Science, The Morton Arboretum. In 1987, while a Harvard undergraduate, lived and worked in the Gunung Palung National Park, Indonesia for a year, where he developed a serious love for forests. He has since worked in other locations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and China. Between 2007-2011, Chuck led a research group at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Yunnan, China as a Professor in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Now, he has joined the Morton Arboretum as the Director of their new Center for Tree Science. With ambitious goals and fantastic colleagues, the Center is developing many exciting, new, and forward looking programs.

 Ian Caton is the owner and operator of Woodthrush Native Plant Nursery (previously Enchanters Garden) since 2013. Previously Ian worked at Larry Weaner Landscape Associates for 13 years designing native gardens and directing restorations and meadow installations. Ian is a graduate of Delaware Valley College (now University) and has a BS in Ornamental Horticulture and Environmental Design.

Pat Catucci has a long career of teaching both inside the classroom and outside in nature. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education. Patty traveled to the primary rain forest, La Selva, in Cost Rica for her graduate studies. She most recently taught Environmental Science at Reading Area Community College. Patty earned the name “Possum Patty” while working as the Environmental Educator for the Berks County Conservation District where she organized the Berks County Envirothons and the Don Hartman Conservation Leadership School for high school students. She led many outdoor programs for all ages from preschool tykes to high school teens to teacher’s science courses for the BCIU. Patty is a Master Naturalist and a volunteer for Berks Nature where she is a Berks Nature Ambassador. Patty has held numerous nature journaling workshops throughout Berks and Lancaster Counties.

 Barry Glick has been immersed in the plant world since he was 5 years old. In 1972 he founded Sunshine Farm & Gardens on a 3650 foot mountaintop in Greenbrier County West Virginia, and started his extensive plant collection. Barry focuses on Helleborus breeding, as well as, east coast native plants. He is the author of many articles in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Garden Design Magazine, and many other gardening publications.

Kelly Gutshall is the owner and president of LandStudies, Inc., a recognized leader in the field of environmental restoration and ecological design. She has over 30 years of experience overseeing the design and implementation of many sustainable site design projects. She has implemented cutting edge approaches to ecological and regenerative planning on a regional- and site-level scale, including LandStudies’ signature Green Master Plan. She has extensive knowledge and experience in watershed planning, sustainable site planning, open space planning, creating and managing ecologically diverse plant communities, alternative stormwater management approaches and restoration design.

Amy Hoeschel is the Production Administrator at North Creek Nurseries. She focuses on seed and tissue culture propagation. She has a bachelors degree in Education from the University of Delaware.

Heather Holm is a horticulturist and biologist by training, as well as a writer, designer, and publisher. In addition to taking part in native bee research projects, she informs and educates audiences in the Midwest and Northeast, through her writing and many presentations, about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them. In her most recent research project, she assisted University of Minnesota Extension faculty in a two-year study to determine the types of native bees present in cultivated blueberry farms in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The study included developing customized plans to enhance and expand both forage crops and nesting sites within the farms. Heather has written for Houzz, a social media website, about pollinators, beneficial insects, and native plants. Her first book, Pollinators of Native Plants, published in 2014, established her as a knowledgeable resource on the subject of the interactions between native bees and native plants. In her spare time, Heather is an active community supporter, writing grants and coordinating neighborhood volunteer landscape restoration projects. Currently, she is working on three projects with volunteers, restoring approximately ten acres of city-owned park land in her neighborhood.

Andy Korzon is a registered landscape architect specializing in sustainable landscapes and site design that emphasizes the use of native plants, innovative stormwater management, and low-impact land management techniques. Andy’s experience in landscapes and construction and maintenance industries allows him to develop designs that meet the functional and aesthetic needs of the site in a low-impact, environmentally sensitive manner. He has experience in all facets of vegetative management and the planning process. He oversees and manages design/build and maintenance of both conventional and naturalized landscaping.

Lisa Kuder, a PhD student at University of Maryland, is part of the vanEngelsdorp’s Bee Lab. She has a Masters in Environmental Biology from Hood College and a B.S. in Chemistry from George Mason University. Her research focuses on improving roadside habitat for pollinators. In addition to being a mother of three active school-aged kids, she loves planting native wildflowers and shrubs in her unruly yard.

John C. Magee has been designing and building landscapes in the Washington DC metro area for the past 25 years. His vast experiences in the natural world led him to design more ecologically friendly landscapes to help serve as ‘islands of habitat’ for passing wildlife. His work with stone and water combine with the use of native plants to compliment not only the property, but the surrounding area as well.

 Madeline Maynor is the Growing Operations Manager at North Creek Nurseries. Her focus is on improving grower knowledge, propagation techniques, and greenhouse production practices. She has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Landscape Gardening from Sandhills Community College.

Rebecca McMackin is an ecologically obsessed horticulturist and garden designer. She is the Director of Horticulture at Brooklyn Bridge Park, where she oversees ornamental beds, forest, meadows, wetland, green roofs, and turf organically and with the aim of encouraging biodiversity. Her writing has been published by The New York Times and the Landscape Institute. In her imaginary free time, she designs gardens for Mantis Plant Works that are both beautiful and ecologically robust.

Preston Montague is an artist, educator, and landscape designer who developed a passion for the natural world while growing up in the rural foothills of Virginia. Currently, he lives in Durham, North Carolina working on projects that encourage stronger relationships between people and their environment for the purpose of improving public health. Preston holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from North Carolina State University as well as bachelor’s degrees in horticulture and fine art. His latest body of work, Codex Carolinum, is a series of didactic botanical illustrations using art and storytelling to foster natural science literacy.

 Andrew Moore grew up in Lake Wales, FL, just south of the pawpaw’s native range. A writer and gardener, he now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. He was the news editor and a feature writer for Pop City, a weekly news e-magazine in Pittsburgh, and his stories have been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Daily Yonder, and the Biscayne Times. Pawpaw—a 2016 James Beard Foundation Award nominee in the Writing & Literature category—is his first book.

 William A. Powell, Professor; Director of The American Chestnut Research & Restoration Program; Director, Council on Biotechnology in Forestry at SUNY-ESF; Roosevelt Wild Life Station Scientist-in-Residence; 2013 Forest Biotechnologist of the Year; 2014 Exemplary Researcher Award at SUNY-ESF. Dr. Powell is a teacher and a researcher who has worked with the American chestnut tree and chestnut blight for over 33 years. At SUNY-ESF his research team has worked to enhance pathogen resistance in tree species such as American elm, hybrid poplar, and the American chestnut. They have been successful in developing a blight resistant American chestnut tree that can be used for restoration.

Kathleen V. Salisbury is the Horticulture Educator for Penn State Extension in Bucks County. Kathy has a BS in Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley University, a MS in Public Horticulture Administration from the University of Delaware where she was a Longwood Fellow and is currently pursuing her D.Ed in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning through Penn State. Kathy is the immediate past president of the Native Plant Society of NJ where she lead the organization for 9 years. A self-proclaimed plant-nerd she is experienced in working with all types of students and a wide variety of organizations. When Kathy is not teaching (or going to school) you can find her getting her hands dirty, tending her organic veggie garden, herding her happy hens around the yard, on a snowboard or in a kayak depending on the weather.

Maggie Strucker CIT, CIG is a seasoned interpretive naturalist whose path led her from the creative department of the exhibit industry to conducting nature programs for various schools and organizations. She gained certifications as a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist, NAI Certified Interpretive Guide and NAI Certified Interpretive Trainer. In addition to her company, Tree Frog Nature & Learning, she is currently the Pocket Meadow Coordinator for Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.

Gregg Tepper is a professional horticulturist, lecturer, and passionate, life-long native plant enthusiast. Gregg worked at Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, DE where he held the positions of Horticulturist, Woods Path Horticulturist, and Director of Horticulture. He has lectured extensively on native plants in the United States as well as at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Wisely in Great Britain. He volunteers annually as a horticulture passer at the Philadelphia International Flower Show and co-chairs the Watering Committee. He is a board member and Director of Horticulture of the newly-formed Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek in Dagsboro, DE.

Carol Welsh has studied nature journaling with John Muir Laws, Claire Leslie Walker, and Jonathan Alderfer, and has studied botanical illustration at Longwood Gardens and Botany at MU. She has developed 4-Color Analysis, a simple practice for journaling which she has shared world-wide in New Zealand and Hawaii as well as locally for many years. She is a certified Master Naturalist and is enrolled in the Mt. Cuba Center Native Ecological Gardening Certification Program and at PCAD in the social media certification program. She is a member of the Lancaster’s Butterfly and Entomology Club, NABA, and ESP. She is a member of the Lancaster Bird Club. Dr. Carol Welsh retired from the Millersville University where she taught in the Education Department and served as Director of the PA Governor’s School for Teaching. After retirement from Millersville, she served as National Vice President for College Access for Project GRAD USA.

 Thomas L. Woltz, Principal Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. Over the past two decades of practice, Thomas Woltz has forged a body of work that integrates the beauty and function of built forms with an understanding of complex biological systems and restoration ecology. NBW projects create models of biodiversity and sustainable agriculture within areas of damaged ecological infrastructure and working farmland, yielding hundreds of acres of reconstructed wetlands, reforested land, native meadows and flourishing wildlife habitat. In 2011, Thomas was invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, among the highest honors in his profession, and in 2013 he was named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal magazine.