Annual Meeting - Speakers 2013

Speaker 2011Kirk R. Brown

Kirk R. Brown travels the country as a horticultural lecturer, landscape designer, and amanuensis of John Bartram and Frederick Law Olmsted. His appearances at national symposia, major garden conferences, industry trade shows and historical reinactments have elicited rave reviews and standing ovations. Kirk has also served on many committees for GWA, the American Nursery and Landscape Association, and the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association. He is a published dramatist, award-winning garden designer, academic horticultural advisor, official flower show judge and Treasurer of GWA. He is studying to be certified as a lay pastor for the United Methodist Church.

Speaker 2011Laura L.S. Burchfield

Laura has a Masters in Landscape Architecture and a Masters in Horticulture from Ohio State University. She taught landscape design and management, plant selection and specialty gardens at Ohio State for many years until this past December. She is co author with Denise Adams of American Home Landscapes A Design Guide to Creating Period Garden Styles. She lectures and writes on many aspects of horticulture and garden design. Her firm designs and installs residential landscapes for private clients. She lives with her husband in a 170 year old farm house where the gardens are always a work in progress.

Speaker 2011Suzanne Campeau

A biologist by training (B.Sc. M.Sc.), Suzanne Campeau has been working with mosses for the last 20 years. From 1993 to 2002, she worked as a senior research professional for the Peatland Ecology Research Group at Université Laval, in Québec City, where she contributed to the development of Sphagnum moss propagation and peatland restoration methods. In 2003, Suzanne launched Bryophyta Technologies (, applying her expertise and passion for mosses to the development of new products and techniques that use these remarkable plants. The company produces nursery-grown, living moss carpets for gardens. This product received the Québec 2012 Prix du ministre en horticulture ornementale for Innovative horticultural product. Over the years, the company has conducted pioneer research pertaining to the use of mosses for the revegetation of disturbed sites such as sand pits and limestone quarries. The company head office is located in the Eastern Townships of Québec, Canada.

Speaker 2011Isabelle Charron

Isabelle Charron is an Agricultural Economist. She holds a Master’s degree in Rural Economy from Université Laval and has been with Groupe AGECO since 2001. She is now president of the group. Her areas of expertise are economic studies, environmental policy, regional development, strategic planning and sustainable development. Groupe AGECO is also actively involved in the methodological development of social life cycle assessments.

Speaker 2011James Chatfield

Jim Chatfield is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist with Ohio State University Extension, with statewide responsibilities for outreach to the professional green industry nurseries, landscapers, etc.), with consumer horticulture including Master Gardener Volunteer training, and community forestry. Professor Chatfield is tenured in the Department of Extension and is part of the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science and the Department of Plant Pathology in the College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Science.

Mr. Chatfield is the Coordinator of the 35 member multidisciplinary OSU Extension Nursery Landscape and Turf Team that partners with the over $10 billion dollar green industry in Ohio and is a Co-Coordinator of the OSU Extension Why Trees Matter Signature Program that works with urban foresters, communities, schools, and researchers focusing on the environmental, economic and social benefits of trees.. His teaching centers on plant problem diagnostics, plant selection and plant pathology and applied research focuses on disease resistance evaluation of ornamental plants in Ohio and in plots around the country and street tree evaluations in Ohio.

Professor Chatfield lectures throughout the country on integrated pest management, ornamental plant selection, invasive spcies and plant diagnostics. He is a member of the American Phytopathological Society, the International Society of Arboriculture, the International Plant Propagators Society, the Garden Writers Association and a number of other organizations. He is the President of the International Ornamental Crabapple Society and the registrar for ornamental Malus (crabapples) taxa with the International Society of Horticultural Science, Professor Chatfield holds degrees in Botany (Ohio University) and Plant Pathology (Ohio State University).

Speaker 2011Lois de Vries

Known as The Garden Lifestyle Genie, Lois shows homeowners how to uncork the magic in their gardens by gardening sustainably from the inside out and focusing on the things that really matter to them. Through her work, she advocates gardening and land management practices that reconnect people to the Earth. A recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Presidential Award for nearly a decade of service in environmental advocacy, Lois currently chairs GWA’s Sustainability Committee. She holds a black belt in Isshynryu Karate and, with her husband Dan, raises puppies for The Seeing Eye.

Her byline has appeared in Country Gardens, Nature’s Garden, Garden Rooms, Garden, Deck and Landscape, Garden Ideas and Outdoor Living, Horticulture, Decorating Solutions, and Do It Yourself magazines, Quill & Trowel, as well as on The Christian Science Monitor’s gardening blog and in numerous trade, in-house corporate, specialty news, and professional publications.

Speaker 2011Katie Dubow

Katie McCoy Dubow is creative officer at Garden Media Group, a public relations firm that specializes in the lawn and garden industry. Located in Kennett Square, Garden Media offers innovative PR services designed to make their clients popular!

Previously, she worked in public relations & marketing for both CBS television and Liz Claiborne, helping them bring their brands into the 21st century. Katie has worked first hand with such influencers as People Magazine, O Magazine, Martha Stewart, Real Simple, and Lucky, and has interfaced with several New York PR firms. Katie received a degree in communications from Northeastern University.

Speaker 2011Kim Eierman

Kim Eierman is an Environmental Horticulturist and Founder of EcoBeneficial! a horticulture communications and consulting company. Kim specializes in ecological landscapes and native plants. She teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center, Rutgers Home Gardeners School, et al. Kim is an active speaker on many ecological gardening topics and blogs on

In addition to being a Certified Horticulturist through the American Society for Horticultural Science, Kim is a Master Gardener, a Master Naturalist, an Accredited Organic Landcare Professional, a Steering Committee member of The Native Plant Center, and a proud member of GWA!

Speaker 2011David Ellis

David J. Ellis is director of communications for the American Horticultural Society (AHS), a 20,000-member national non-profit gardening organization based in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition to overseeing the Society's communications and publishing programs, he has been editor of the AHS's bimonthly magazine, The American Gardener, for 16 years. He has coordinated publication of more than 15 gardening books, including the AHS New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques (2009), and was named a Fellow of the Garden Writers Association in 2008. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Speaker 2011Karl Fiander

Karl has 31 years of progressive experience in the turf seed industry including 15 as Vice President with the Pickseed Group, one of the largest North American turf seed firms. Responsibilities included seed production, product development, and marketing.

Retiring in 2011, Karl has consulted on seed industry issues with a variety of firms, charities and government. Karl established the registered charity “Seed Programs Canada” in 2012 which sources donated vegetable seed and arranges shipments for relief and development work internationally.

Speaker 2011Bill Fonteno

William C. "Bill" Fonteno is a Professor of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University. A native Texan, he has been teaching and researching for over 37 years. During his tenure, Bill has been recognized with several national awards in research and elected to the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NCSU. His areas of interest are in ornamental and greenhouse production, specifically in plat-soil-water relations. Bill is also the Director of the Horticultural Substrates Laboratory at NCSU and has worked with growers and manufacturers of potting soils for over 30 years. He has been the Technical Advisor for the Mulch and Soil Council for over 15 years, where he assisted the Council in developing standards for all retail potting soils, mulches and soil amendments sold in the US. He is also the Director of the Certification Program for the Council, overseeing the quality and compliance of standards for all mulches, soil amendments and potting soils in the Certification Program. Throughout his career, Bill has been an early adopter of computers and technology and has used them daily in his teaching and presentations. He is an avid photographer and has taught graduate classes in photography, especially macrophotography and image manipulation.

Speaker 2011Workshop Speaker, C.L. Fornari

C.L. Fornari is a plant geek who fell into garden communications because of her desire to introduce others to the joys of plants and gardening. She is the author five books and numerous articles. For the past twelve years C.L. has hosted GardenLine, a live two-hour call-in radio show on WXTK that is now streamed online worldwide.

C.L. speaks to a variety of audiences ranging from green industry trade shows to garden clubs, alumni associations, and women’s groups. She is especially dedicated to giving garden center employees and landscapers information they can use to better promote and expand their businesses. In addition to speaking, radio, and her own writing, C.L. blogs and runs a consultation service for Hyannis Country Garden, an independent garden center on Cape Cod. In 2012 she was awarded the Garden Communicator award from the Perennial Plant Association. She gardens at Poison Ivy Acres in Sandwich, MA.

Speaker 2011Sue Goetz

Sue Goetz is a garden designer, writer and speaker. Through her business Creative Gardener, she works with clients to personalize outdoor spaces; from garden coaching the small seasonal tasks to full landscape design projects. Sue’s work has earned gold medals at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, the Sunset Magazine award, gold medals at the Point Defiance Flower and Garden show as well as the Fine Gardening magazine “Best Design” award. Her home garden has been featured in Northwest Home and Garden magazine (March 2004) as well as Country Gardens (Summer 2011). Sue was named 2012 educator of the year by the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association and named Best Horticulturalist by West Sound Home and Garden magazine in Spring 2013.

Sue is certified as a professional horticulturalist (CPH) with the WSNLA, a board member of the Northwest Horticultural Society and a member of the Garden Writers of America. She loves the outreach side including freelance writing, a self-published newsletter, horticulture workshops, and public speaking engagements. Author of a series of booklets, the Creative Garden Guides:

Herbs to see, to smell, to taste, In Love with Lavender. The Stillroom and Floribunda.

Speaker 2011Miriam Goldberger

Miriam Goldberger is an author of a soon to be released book on wildflowers and president of Wildflower Farm a wildflower seed production company and the developers and distributors of Eco-Lawn.

Speaker 2011Evelyn Hadden

National speaker and award-winning author Evelyn Hadden shares strategies to help people create and maintain comfortable, functional, nature-friendly landscapes with less or no lawn. Evelyn founded the informational website LessLawn and is a founding member of the national Lawn Reform Coalition, a resource for ecologically sound lawns and lawn alternatives. Her next book, on gardening in hellstrips and other curbside locations, will be published by Timber Press in June 2014.

Evelyn's book Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives has been a Timber Press bestseller since it was published in early 2012. A comprehensive guide to shrinking or eliminating your lawn, it showcases inspiring lawnless gardens in a variety of styles, shares strategies for designing away work, and includes detailed profiles for 100 choice ground-layer plants. Her recently updated and illustrated edition of Apprentice to a Garden: A new urban gardener goes wild (LessLawn Press, 2013), with whimsical line drawings by artist Shari Zimmermann, shares personal stories and musings about Hadden's experiences transforming her lifeless urban lawn into a lively four-season paradise. This garden memoir won a gold medal in Independent Publisher's 2013 eLit Book Awards.

Speaker 2011David Hobson

Born in England, David Hobson is a popular speaker at horticultural societies and gardening clubs, where he shares the humour and passion of a lifelong gardener on a light-hearted and informative journey to the heart of gardens.

A humorist, storyteller, and photographer, he is the weekly garden columnist for The Waterloo Region Record and The Guelph Mercury, and contributor to gardening magazines. He is also creator of the Garden Humour Website and the author of two books of garden fiction: Soiled Reputations and Diary of a Mad Gardener.

Speaker 2011Robin Horton

Robin Horton is the founder and publisher of Urban Gardens, a lifestyle and design blog where urban style, design, and nature converge.

Urban Gardens has received several awards, including the Garden Writers Association Gold and Silver Awards, and was nominated in 2010 for a Webby, hailed by the New York Times as "the Internet's highest honor." Mashable named Urban Gardens “One of the Top Ten Must-Follow Home and Garden Twitter Accounts.”

Since its launch in April 2009, Urban Gardens has developed an average monthly readership of 40-50,000, 3000+ email and RSS subscribers, and over 37,000 combined Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest followers. Robin was one of 14 international design bloggers invited to the 2012 London Design Festival for BlogTour by Modenus and sponsors. Robin is a regular contributor to Houzz, and has been a featured curator for Pickie and Luvocracy.

Robin co-facilitates The Blog Workshops, for which she has presented workshops in New York City and CT, at the Mother Earth News Fair, The Entrepreneurial Women’s Network, and Women at Woodstock. Robin is also Principal and Creative Director of Robin Horton Design, a strategic and creative print and web design consultancy.

Speaker 2011Kathy Jentz

Kathy Jentz is Editor, Publisher and Founder of Washington Gardener Magazine. Kathy is a life-long gardener from a family of farmers and dedicated gardeners. Currently, she is President of the Silver Spring Garden Club and on the board of several other clubs and organizations. You can read Kathy's work in the Washington Examiner and Washington Woman in addition to regular guest spots on Channel 9, Channel 4 and WAMU radio.

Washington Gardener magazine, the gardening publication published specifically for the local metro area — zones 6-7 — Washington DC and its suburbs. We sent out our premiere issue in March/April 2005 and we are now about to be celebrating our fifth anniversary.

The content of the magazine gives real examples that you can use immediately in your own garden. It will save you time and show you how to stretch your garden resources. It will inspire you with new ideas and new ways of looking at things. With all of that, we don’t forget to include a heavy dose of whimsy, a sense of humor, and a portion of wonder. We have some great stories in the works — from Unique Plant Combinations to Starting a Water Garden to Growing Vegetables in Tight Spaces — we can’t wait to share them with our readers!

If you are a DC area gardener, you’ll love Washington Gardener magazine! The magazine is written entirely by local area gardeners. They have real-world experience with the same problems you experience in your own gardens. They’ll be sharing their thoughts on what to plant in deep shade, how to cover bare spots, which annuals work best throughout the humid DC summers, and much more.

Speaker 2011Mary-Kate Mackey

Mary-Kate Mackey is a dynamic speaker whose presentations and workshops are well received around the country. She is the recipient of a GWA Silver Award and co-author of Sunset’s Secret Gardens. Her numerous articles have appeared in magazines such as Fine Gardening, Horticulture and Sunset. Online, she writes for the Hartley-Botanic Greenhouse U.S. website.

Speaker 2011Dominique Maxime

Dominique Maxime, Ph.D.
Senior LCA Analyst and Research Associate

After a Bachelor’s Degree in food science and technology from Polytech’Montpellier (France) in 1993, Dominique Maxime continued his studies at AgroParisTech while working as a research engineer at the French Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA). With the support of a fellowship from the Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe), he completed a Ph.D. in food engineering, about cleaner processing in the food processing industry. From 2003 to 2008, he was a research associate at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Food Research and Development Centre in Saint-Hyacinthe. Granted a NSERC visiting postdoctoral fellowship, he worked on the development of eco-efficiency indicators for the Canadian food and beverage industry, as part of the National Agri-Environmental Health Analysis and Reporting Program (NAHARP) from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He joined the CIRAIG in February 2009.

He has substantial experience in performing LCA studies in various areas. His expertise is focusing on agriculture, agri-food and bioproducts. He authored, co-authored, or is currently involved in LCA studies and projects related to agriculture, agri-food or bioenergy. He is also working on the development of specific tools for internal use by LCA practitioners related to the modeling of life cycle inventory emissions.

Speaker 2011Susan McCoy

Named one of the Top 50 Business Women in Pennsylvania, Suzi McCoy is founder and president of Garden Media Group, the leading public relations and social media firm in the “green” outdoor living industry. Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, Garden Media has helped build the reputations of such green industry giants and produces the annual Garden Trends Report©, one of the most published garden studies in retail and consumer news.

Suzi holds a Masters Degree in Journalism, specializing in public relations and advertising.

Suzi welcomes any questions at Follow her at or @SuziMcCoyGMG.

Speaker 2011Keynote, David Mendel

David Mendel studied at York University in Toronto, and at the University of Paris La Sorbonne, before moving to Quebec City in 1976.
After completing a master’s thesis in art history and undertaking doctoral studies at Laval University, he became co-founder of Mendel Tours (formerly Canadian Cultural Landscapes) in 1984.

Today he is president of this company, which organizes cultural journeys across Canada for museaum groups and alumni organizations. He is often called upon to give talks about the history of Quebec at international conferences and has given numerous tours of the city for visiting dignitaries.

A resident of quebec’s historic district since 1976, he is very involved in preservation issues. He is President of the Foundation of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity – the first Anglican Cathedral to have been built outside the British Isles – and a member of the Consulting Committee for Religious Architecture of the City of Quebec.
David is the author of a best-selling series of guide books devoted to Quebec City and its surrounding region. The first volume, Quebec: World Heritage City, was published in 2009. The second volume, Quebec, Birthplace of New France, was launched in May 2012.

Speaker 2011Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp owns Write for You!, a free-lance writing/editing business. She contributes to several publications, websites and other media, including The Indianapolis Star, Angie’s List Magazine, the American Gardener and Indiana Gardening Magazine. She is editor of Wisconsin Gardening, Minnesota Gardener, Iowa Gardener and Michigan Gardening magazines and former editor of Indiana Living Green. She is co-author of The Indiana Gardener’s Guide, and author of The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens. As the Hoosier Gardener, she has been writing and speaking about natural gardening for more than 25 years. She also is a garden coach, a landscape consultant and works seasonally at a large, independent garden center.

Speaker 2011Mary Ann Newcomer

Mary Ann Newcomer goes by the description: garden scribe, scout and speaker. She blogs at A native Idahoan, she learned to garden in north Idaho and Eastern Washington. She’s known as the Dirt Diva on the River Radio, 94.9 in Boise, ID. Her articles on gardening have been published in MaryJane’s Farm, Fine Gardening, American Gardener and Leaf. An accomplished horticulturalist and garden designer, she has wielded her creativity and design talents on public, private, commercial, and show gardens. She edited and co-authored The Rocky Mountain Gardener’s Handbook, published in 2012, and is hard at work on her second book, Vegetable Gardening in the Intermountain West, to be published by Timber Press. She lives and gardens in Boise and travels throughout the Rocky Mountains encouraging gardeners to get down and dirty. Follow her escapades on her website,

Holding the reins at:
Website & Blog:

Speaker 2011Colleen Plimpton

Colleen Plimpton spent 30 years in her first career as a clinical social worker with the chronically mentally ill. Her second career is that of professional garden communicator. Trained at the New York Botanical Garden, she has tended her sloping Connecticut acre for 20 years. Colleen has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including CBS, ABC, Good Morning America and PBS; she pens a prize-winning newspaper column for Hearst Media Group; coaches gardening; has taught at the New York Botanical Garden; lectures widely; and writes for publications such as GreenPrints, Connecticut Gardener, and Toastmaster. Colleen’s multi-honored garden memoir, Mentors in the Garden of Life was a Finalist for the 2011 Connecticut Book of the Year in the Memoir category.

Speaker 2011Debra Prinzing

Debra Prinzing is an outdoor living expert who writes and lectures on gardens and home design. She has a background in textiles, journalism, landscape design and horticulture. A frequent speaker for botanical garden, horticultural society and flower show audiences, Debra is also a regular radio and television guest. She is the author of Slow Flowers (St. Lynn's Press, 2013); The 50 Mile Bouquet: Local, Seasonal and Sustainable Flowers (St. Lynn's Press, April 2012); Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways (Clarkson-Potter/Random House, 2008), a Garden Writers Association Gold Award book, and The Abundant Garden (2005).

Debra is a contributing garden editor for Better Homes & Gardens and her feature stories on architecture and design appear regularly in the Los Angeles Times’ Home section. She writes for top shelter and consumer publications, including Country Gardens, Sunset,Garden Design, Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Cottages & Bungalows, Metropolitan Home, Landscape Architecture, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Old House Interiors, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles and Romantic Homes, among others. Her website and

Speaker 2011Alexander Reford

Alexander Reford is the director of Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens and the founder of the International Garden Festival.

He has degrees in history from the University of Toronto and Oxford University. He held the position of Dean of College at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto before leaving in 1995 to run Les Jardins de Métis (Reford Gardens).

The great-grandson of Elsie Reford, creator of the Gardens, he was instrumental in creating the not for profit organization that purchased the Gardens from the Quebec government in 1995. Under his stewardship, a complete restoration of the gardens and the historic buildings on the property has been undertaken. The gardens have also become a leader in nature conservation, undertaking the creation of an ecological park on the banks of the Metis River.

He is the founder of the International Garden Festival, which held its first edition in 2000, and which has been acclaimed by critics and garden writers as one of the premier garden design events in the world. The Festival has hosted more than 500 designers from 14 countries and built and exhibited 125 gardens over its first 13 editions.

He is the author of several books, including a survey of Quebec’s historic gardens, a guidebook to Reford Gardens as well as Elsie’s Paradise – Reford Gardens and its sequel on the garden’s plant collections, Treasures of Reford Gardens. Elsie Reford’s Floral Legacy. He is also the author of an album of photographs on trains and train travel in Quebec and recently completed a book on the history of tourism and travel in Québec.

Alexander Reford is a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Tourism Commission and of various local and provincial organizations committed to gardens, historic preservation and culture.

Alexander Reford lives in Quebec’s Lower St. Lawrence region.

Speaker 2011Nicholas Staddon

Nicholas Staddon, Director of New Plants for Monrovia, has been a Monrovia Craftsman for over 24 years. Working with breeders, hybridizers, and professional Plant Explorers, he scours the globe for new creations and discoveries in the plant world. Nicholas is also sought out as a resource and guest for television and radio gardening shows across the United States. Nicholas works closely with professional Garden Writers and Monrovia’s customers, providing information on plants both old and new – sharing his views on garden trends. Nicholas has created a series of informative ‘Plant Savvy’ videos that can be found on line.

Born in England, Nicholas attended Otley Agricultural College where he received his degree in Agricultural Science. Before joining Monrovia, he managed garden centers in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He says of New Mexico, "One of the most beautiful places in the world—the vistas will move your heart and the gardening will break it." Nicholas now resides in California and continues to be consumed with a passion for plants and animals. He travels extensively for Monrovia in his quest for great new and notable plants for American gardeners.

Nicholas is proud to be professionally affiliated with the Royal Horticulture Society, the California Association of Nurserymen, The American Nursery and Landscape Association. He is an Advisor to the Sunset Magazine, on the Board of Advisors to Mount San Antonio College, Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, and the National Arboretum, Washington DC.

Speaker 2011Jodi torpey

Jodi Torpey is a Denver-based garden writer, master gardener, and author of “The Colorado Gardener’s Companion.” Jodi’s writing appears on home and garden websites and in magazines, newspapers and gardening apps, like “Garden Colorado.” In addition to her website,, she’s a contributing editor for Fine Gardening’s vegetable growing website ( and the Mountain region writer for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Team. Jodi also has extensive experience as a ghostwriter, corporate trainer and marketing consultant.

Speaker 2011Mark Turner

Mark Turner is a freelance photographer specializing in botanical subjects, especially Northwest wildflowers and gardens. He photographs extensively for books and magazines both in gardens and in a wide range of native plant environments. Mark is the photographer and co-author of Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest, with more than 25,000 copies sold, and of the new Trees & Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest, due from Timber Press in 2014.

He is an avid member of the native plant societies of Washington and Oregon and has more than 25 years of experience exploring for native plants. He lives in Bellingham, Washington where he also runs a portrait studio photographing families, high school seniors, and pets.

Speaker 2011Joseph Tychonievich

Joseph Tychonievich is nursery manager at Arrowhead Alpines rare plants nursery, where he grows crazy plants with the help of lots of cats, author of the new book Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener, repeated guest on public radio's The Splendid Table, and an all around crazed plant nerd who loves growing new things and thinking about how plants work.

Speaker 2011Ellen Zachos

Ellen Zachos is the proprietor of Acme Plant Stuff, a garden design, installation, and maintenance company in NYC. She is a garden writer and photographer, and an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden. Ellen is a Harvard graduate, and received certificates in horticulture and ethnobotany from the NYBG. She is the author of five books including, most recently, Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat. She has been published in numerous magazines, and has a weekly NPR radio show: The Plant Fanatic.

Ellen is a former Broadway performer and has released a CD combining her two passions, plants and music: Green Up Time, a botanical look at Broadway.

Speaker 2011Maria Zampini

Maria Zampini is a fourth generation nurseryman. She is a graduate of the Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture. Maria partnered with her father Jim Zampini to form UpShoot™ LLC, a horticultural marketing boutique firm specializing in the sales, marketing and licensing of new plant introductions including LCN Selections. In 2012 Maria was named Director of Plant Development and Ornamental Program Manager for the HGTV HOME Plant Collection.

Maria writes for American Nurseryman, Garden Center Management, Nursery Management, and multiple state association publications. She is a contributing editor for Horticulture and writes for State-by-State Gardening magazine. She is frequently asked to speak at national industry tradeshows and events. Maria was the first female President of the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association and International Ornamental Crabapple Society. She serves on the National Association of Plant Patent Owners Board of Directors and the ONLA Legislative Committee. She is a Regional Director for the Garden Writers Association.

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