SPEAKERS
 

Scott Vergara

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Scott has over 57 years of experience with a multitude of different plants.  He has taught basic botany, plant identification, and plant science at the college level.  He has experience working hands-on in collecting, breeding, propagating, growing on and selling of plants in both commercial and public garden settings. 

Over the years Scott has given numerous presentations to varied garden clubs and Master Gardener programs and non-horticulture groups around the country exploring many aspects of horticulture.

Scott says that plants grabbed his attention when he was in kindergarten and he started growing and selling cut fresh and dried flowers by the time he was seven years of age.  Nearly every job since then had something to do with plants. 

Scott is fascinated with all Insectivorous/Carnivorous plants. Water lilies and other aquatic bog plants are attracting his attention but he still has affection for bonsai, variegated plants and a smattering of odd geophytes. 

By his own report, Scott describes himself as a “truly obsessed plant nerd/geek.  Here’s an example of what this means. . . But it's a variegated form of poison ivy!!”

 

Dr. Ross Bayton

Dr. Ross Bayton is a botanist and gardener originally from Scotland, but now living and growing in Bremerton. Author of six gardening books, he is currently the taxonomist at the Heronswood Garden in Kingston, where he identifies and labels plants, while also teaching, guiding and weeding. He is currently developing a 5-acre garden on a steep slope, battling shotweed, deer and the occasional bear. Areas of expertise include houseplants, conifers, exotics and hardy cacti.

 

Cyndi Stuart

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With more than 20 years of experience on both the small and large scale, Cyndi can help you figure out why some things work and some things just don't. Maybe it isn't your gardening skills, maybe it is the weather. Learn how to work with Mother Nature so she doesn't work against you!

 

Christina Pfeiffer

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Christina is a horticulture writer, educator and consultant with 40 years’ experience in landscape management.  Sustainable and efficient landscape techniques are a special area of interest and expertise.  Earlier in her career, she led landscape management efforts at the Holden Arboretum and Washington Park Arboretum.  She is a frequent speaker for local groups and public programs including the NW Flower and Garden Show, Master Gardener programs, Plant Amnesty and public classes at the UW Botanic Gardens.  Christina teaches the pruning course for the Edmonds Community College Horticulture program. She holds degrees in horticulture from Michigan State and the University of Washington, and is an ISA Certified Arborist®.

 

Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor is a freelance garden educator and author of the Maritime Northwest Garden Guide, 2nd ed. and Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals. She is passionate about teaching everyone where their food comes from and how to grow it. Her garden programs provide hands-on experiences that introduce students of all ages to edible plants, worms, healthy eating, seed saving and other wonders of an organic garden. For Lisa, eating is the main reason for growing plants. 

 

Books by Lisa Taylor

Maritime Northwest Garden Guide, 2nd ed. This long-awaited revision of the Northwest classic is a month-to-month planting guide that tells you when to plant your veggies, flowers, herbs and fruit. The new edition is twice the size with monthly garden almanacs, new charts and updated variety lists. This is a must have for kitchen gardeners.

 

Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals This is the most approachable and comprehensive guide to growing food in your yard that you will find. Written for folks who are just starting out with plenty of tips for experienced gardeners, this best-selling guide tells how to design your garden and how to grow a wide variety of veggies, flowers, herbs, fruit and livestock. It also tells how to eat and preserve your backyard bounty. How to grow food, in one handy volume.

 

Susie Egan

Susie Egan is a landscape designer, master gardener alumnae, garden lecturer and owner/curator of Cottage Lake Gardens, located in Woodinville, Washington.  Her current focus has been on the study, cultivation and propagation of native and woodland shade plants particularly the endangered wildflower: Trillium.

For the past twenty-five years Susie has been developing Cottage Lake Gardens into a botanical garden showcasing trilliums and other rare and unusual plants and it is now one of the few places in the world where all 50+ species of the world’s trilliums can be seen growing in one location. Susie also hosts the annual Trillium Tea, Talk and Tours where guests can enjoy tea and refreshments on vintage trillium china, listen to a talk on trilliums and tour the famous Trillium Trail, recently renovated to display each of the species by geographic zones. 

Susie has given talks on many different gardening topics for the local horticultural associations and garden clubs as well as internationally.  She loves to share her knowledge and passion of gardening and spreading the joy and beauty it brings to others. 

 

Eve Rickenbaker

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Eve Rickenbaker manages the Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and is working on a PhD in the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Her research focuses on racial inclusion within public gardens.