Karen Bussolini has been a gardener as long as she can remember. She trained as a painter and had a career as an architectural photographer before specializing in garden photography, writing, lecturing and eco-friendly garden coaching. Her garden has been featured in many publications, including The New York Times. When photographing, she sees the world through the eyes of a gardener and painter. Karen’s photography has been featured in numerous national magazines and she is the sole photographer for six books, including her most recent, “The Naturescape Workbook: How to Create a Garden with Nature as Your Guide.” Karen’s articles have been featured in many national publications. She now regularly writes The Garden Coach column for The Lakeville Journal. Find out more about Karen at www.KarenBussolini.com.
Tony Avent is an American horticulturist and plantsman. He is the owner of Plant Delights Nursery and the founder of the Juniper Level Botanic Garden in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tony grew up with a passion for plants; instead of playing games, he wandered the woods and fields near his home studying wildflowers. At eight-years old, Tony’s parents built a greenhouse for him, where he grew and propagated plants and sold them as a hobby. Tony now travels the world on plant hunting expeditions to search for new, rare and unusual plants. He wrote “So You Want to Start a Nursery” (2003, Timber Press) and dozens of newspaper, magazine and Web articles. He is currently a contributing editor to Horticulture Magazine. Find out more about Plant Delights at www.plantdelights.com.
Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden
Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden are garden designers known for their sensual, richly layered work. Lauren designed the Fragrance, Water-smart, and Romantic Gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens. Together they have just completed the new entrance and visitor center gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, featuring native plants in romantic interpretations of natural plant communities. The Ogdens and their work have been featured on television and in print, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, and Horticulture. They have received three American Horticultural Society book awards and an Association of Professional Landscape Designers design award. They speak around the country and internationally, and live and garden together in northern Colorado and central Texas. Find out more about Scott and Lauren at www.PlantDrivenDesign.com.
Ken Druse, author, photographer, lecturer and radio host, has contributed to nearly every garden and home design magazine in America. He is probably best known for his books, which the New York Times called “bibles for serious gardeners.” The American Horticultural Society chose his book, “The Passion for Gardening,” as best book of the year; and the Wall Street Journal recommended it as one of the “five garden books to own.” Ken’s most recent book, his 17th, is “PLANTHROPOLGY: The Myths, Mysteries, and Miracles of My Garden Favorites.” Fans can also find Ken anytime on his podcast and public radio show Ken Druse Real Dirt, through their computers and iPods (kendruserealdirt.com).
Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including three New York Times bestsellers, “Wicked Bugs,” “Wicked Plants,” and “Flower Confidential.” She lives in Eureka, California with her husband Scott Brown. They own an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books and tend a flock of unruly hens in their backyard. Amy has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other newspapers and magazines. She is the co-founder of the popular blog GardenRant and is a contributing editor at Fine Gardening magazine. Find out more about Amy Stewart at www.amystewart.com.