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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Jeanne DeBenedetti Keyes is a geographer by training and trade, but she always had an interest in ecosystems, forest and plant habitats. Her gardens at home reflect a love of Pacific Northwest natives, Asian shade plants, such as Arisaema, and the grouping and collecting of plants by geographic region. As a freelance writer and a hobbyist gardener with 10 years of experience working her garden, she enjoy touring, discussing and writing about plants.
Lisa Albert is a freelance garden writer in Portland, Oregon. She loves to write and talk about plants, drawing upon observations in her garden and conversations with fellow gardeners (affectionately known as plantaholics and hort-heads).
Darcy Daniels gardens and operates a seasonal retail nursery in Portland, Oregon. Her company, Bloomtown Garden Design & Nursery, focuses on residential gardens with an emphasis on creating spaces for outdoor living and gardens that delight the senses year-round.
Mark N. McCann is currently working on a book about Green Space and Stream Stewardship within the Vancouver-Seattle-Portland-Eugene (VSPE) Corridor. Based on his five years of experience removing invasive species, and replanting and propagating natives species within the Tryon Creek State Natural Area (TCSNA) as a member of the Adopt-A-Plot program. He has been a Citizen Member of the Tryon Creek Watershed Council, Friends of Tryon Creek and volunteers at Berry Botanic Garden, specifically in the Native Plant’s Trail and in the Propagation Department.
Peg Tillery's passion other than her husband, children and grandchildren is gardening and helping others learn about gardening. She's on the editorial team of "Westsound Home and Garden" magazine, along with writing several articles each quarterly issue of the magazine. Peg's column "Dig This" is featured regularly in Sound Publishing's Kitsap News Group's papers. During the day she's the Horticulture Educator for WSU Extension in Kitsap County and coordinates the WSU Master Gardener Program. Peg is also a member of the Garden Writer's Association.
Wendy Tweten is an avid hobbyist gardener and writer living in Kingston, Washington. She is at least halfway to her goal of trying one of every kind of plant that can be grown in zone 8. Wendy studied horticulture and nursery management at South Seattle Community College. As a freelance writer, she specializes in home and gardening and Real Estate topics, and is a regular contributor to many Kitsap County and Seattle area publications. She is a member of the Garden Writers Association and her humor column is published in the Kingston Community News.
Phil Wood owns and operates Phil Wood Garden Design. He wrote about garden design for the Seattle Times newspaper, appearing every other Saturday in the now defunct DIGS section. Over the years, Phil designed ten gardens for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, winning many gold medals. He earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Cornish College of the Arts.