Eugenia Bone – Eugenia is a nationally known nature and food writer and author. Her work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Food & Wine and Gourmet. She is a member of the faculty at the New York Botanical Garden where she teaches classes on microbial ecology, psychedelic mushrooms, mycology and food preservation. Eugenia is the author of six books. At Mesas Edge was nominated for a Colorado Book Award. "Italian Family Dining" was written with her father, celebrated chef Edward Giobbi. Her book "Well-Preserved" was nominated for a James Beard award and was on many Best Cookbooks of 2009 lists. Eugenia is featured in the documentary directed by Louie Schwartzberg, "Fantastic Fungi" (2019) along with mycologist Paul Stamets, Dr. Andrew Weil and author Michael Pollan, which is currently touring the United States, Canada, and overseas, and a contributor to the companion book. Eugenia lives in New York City and Western Colorado.
Lisa Waud – Based in Detroit, Michigan, botanical installation artist Lisa Waud's large-scale, multi-sensory, exploratory works utilize living plants and cut flowers, exploring themes of old and new, nature as a cleansing reset and joy from beauty. Lisa is committed to producing art events that are pointedly inclusive for collaborators and spectators and accessible to all humans, with a focus on celebrating the beauty of underrepresented and marginalized people. Lisa's biophilic projects have been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Martha Stewart, Hyperallergic, Colossal, Designboom, The Globe and Mail, The Washington Post and Travel + Leisure. She has lectured at TEDxDETROIT, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Cranbook Art Museum, Broad Museum, The Henry Ford Museum, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Intermittent Tech Conference and The Slow Flowers Summit.
Todd Schlafer– Todd is a past president of the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society, was named the 2012 Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society Artist of the Year and is the 2016 winner of Best North American Species Award for his Colorado Blue Spruce at the National Bonsai Exhibition in Rochester, New York.
Adam Johnson– Adam first studied Bonsai under artist Hal Sasaki, soon after meeting Larry Jackel to become part of the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society. He was named the 2019 Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society Artist of the Year.
Paul Koenning– As an arborist, Paul loves studying tree growth patterns and how specific species respond to environmental conditions. Realizing similarities in growth patterns between differing species guides Paul’s approach to styling bonsai and pushing their boundaries. Investigating and understanding how trees respond to environmental conditions, is for Paul, where beauty is captured.
Larry Jackel– Larry saw his first bonsai at the Midwest Show in 1972 and has been actively studying bonsai and acquiring trees ever since. A move to Denver in 1976 connected Larry with the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society, which provided the nurturing necessary for Larry to become proficient in the art and craft of bonsai. Larry chooses trees from the Front Range for bonsai, particularly the ponderosa pine but also the limber pine, bristlecone pine, pinion pine, Douglas fir and the Rocky Mountain juniper. Larry has had the opportunity to teach about these conifers in lectures, demonstrations and workshops across the country. In the spring of 2012, he joined the horticulture staff at Denver Botanic Gardens as its bonsai specialist. He develops and maintains the bonsai collection displayed in the Bill Hosakawa Bonsai Pavilion.