Bonfils-Stanton: Speaker Profiles

Christina Salwitz

Christina Salwitz, known as "the Personal Garden Coach,” is not only a horticultural guidance counselor, she is a "hort-head" of the first order, a writer of plant passions and a container gardening fashionista! She focuses on saving labor, time and money in gardening—and above all having fun. As a Seattle-based horticulturist, speaker, garden writer and author, Salwitz has spent more than 20 years working with the public in numerous gardening capacities. In addition to writing for traditional garden media publications such as Better Homes and Gardens (Cover, March 2014), Fine Gardening and Garden Design, she also writes for industry publications for the horticulture trade and continues to act as a resource to garden authors and columnists across the country. Her own home garden and those of her clients are frequently featured in her blog personalgardencoach.wordpress.com and she is a proud founding member of The Garden Designer's Roundtable. As co-author of "Fine Foliage," Salwitz has become a nationally recognized authority on designing with foliage, designing with containers and garden trends.

 Christina Salwitz
Scott Calhoun

Scott Calhoun explores back roads and backcountry in search of plants, gardens, architecture and food. He is the author of six gardening books. His first book, “Yard Full of Sun,” was awarded the 2006 American Horticultural Society Book Award; his second title, “Chasing Wildflowers,” won the Garden Writers Association 2008 Silver Book Award. Calhoun’s sixth book, “The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus,” was published in 2012. Scott writes a monthly garden column for Sunset Magazine and freelances for numerous print publications including American Gardener, Fine Gardening and Wildflower. Calhoun runs Zona Gardens, a design studio based in Tucson, Arizona. He gardens, writes and lectures across the United States. Catch up with Calhoun at ZonaGardens.com.

Scott Calhoun
Eugenia Bone

Eugenia Bone, a veteran food writer who has published in many national magazines and newspapers, is also a cookbook author. In addition to being a well loved author of the above mentioned books, as well as, “Mycophilia: Revelations From the Weird World of Mushrooms,” a popular science book about fungi (Rodale 2011), Bone has contributed to many cookbooks and literary journals, been nominated for a variety of food writing awards and participated in radio, interactive and online interviews, in addition to appearing multiple times on television. Bone teaches and lectures about food preservation. She lives in New York City and Crawford, Colorado.

Eugenia Bone
Eliot Coleman

Eliot Coleman has been involved in organic farming since 1966. He has experience in field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of livestock and range poultry. He is the author of “The New Organic Grower” (Chelsea Green, rev. 1995), “Four Season Harvest” (Chelsea Green, rev. 1999), and “The Winter Harvest Handbook” (Chelsea Green, 2009). As a commercial market gardener, director of agricultural research projects and teacher and lecturer on organic farming, he has studied and practiced all aspects of the craft. Coleman presently owns and operates Four Season Farm, a year-round market garden in Harborside, Maine.

Eliot Coleman