What does membership mean? We're friends and comrades (in lawn reforming) who've pooled our resources to pay for this blog/website and a few other minor expenses. We have no income or formal legal status and hope to never have either one.
Coalition instigator and co-administrator Susan Harris is a garden writer and blogger who promotes lawn alternatives and organic lawn care. Online she blogs for independent garden centers, publishes a website about Sustainable-Gardening, and co-founded the national team blog GardenRant.com. Susan gardens and teaches gardening in the Washington, D.C. area. When she isn't writing about gardening she edits and contributes to the community blog and website Greenbelt Live.
Susan Morrison, Coalition administrator, is a Northern California Master Gardener, speaker, and landscape designer specializing in no-lawn gardens. She is the publisher of Blue Planet Gardening, a resource website for California sustainable gardeners, and is the co-author Garden Up! Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces, available February 2011. As the Public Outreach Coordinator for APLD in California, an advisor to the Bay Friendly Coalition, and as a blogger via the popular category "We don't need no stinkin' lawn," Susan helps educate both the public and fellow designers on the value of sustainable garden design.
Ginny Stibolt, one of the Coalition administrators, is the "Transplanted Gardener" from Maryland, where she received her MS degree in botany, to NE Florida. Her column for Jacksonville's Florida Times Union is posted on her website and on Floridata.com, Many of her columns have been republished in Master Gardener newsletters and elsewhere, and she also writes for Vero Beach Magazine. She's the author of Sustainable Gardening for Florida, published by the University Press of Florida.
Another Coalition administrator is the Minnesota-based, award-winning author and national speaker Evelyn J. Hadden, who shares strategies to help gardeners and landowners design, create, and maintain satisfying landscapes with less lawn. Her latest book, Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives (Timber Press, February 2012), is the ultimate guide to creating livable landscapes and bringing the beauty of nature into our everyday lives.
Shirley Bovshow is a nationally recognized landscape designer, garden television host, gardening coach, syndicated blogger and new media broadcaster. She's the host and designer of the "Garden Police" show on Discovery Home, and regularly appears on HGTV, CBS "Early Show," NBC, USA and Fine Living. A dedicated and passionate "gardening evangelist," Shirley is an advocate of sustainable "water-wise" garden design, edible gardening, and the creative use of outdoor spaces to maximize a home's market value. Shirley also promotes gardening as a lifestyle and hobby as a national speaker and is creating new media platforms for gardening online.
Tom Christopher has been reporting on gardening and environmental issues for more than 25 years, writing for a wide range of publications including the New York Times and Britain's Daily Telegraph, while serving as a columnist for magazines such as Martha Stewart Living and House & Garden. He is also the author of Water-Wise Gardening, a guide to new styles of gardening emerging from the need to conserve. In the new media, Tom writes for HuffingtonPost and contributes to a blog about sustainable gardening, Green Perspectives. It's a product of the New York Botanical Garden, where Tom earned his degree in professional horticulture.
Billy Goodnick is a landscape architect based in Santa Barbara, CA, specializing in designing public and residential landscapes. His freelance writing and his Cool Green Gardens blog at Fine Gardening Magazine instruct and encourage readers to adopt a more sustainable approach in their landscapes. Billy also co-hosts an educational and humorous regional television show, Garden Wise Guys, that emphasizes water conservation and lawn alternatives.
Saxon Holt is a professional garden photographer whose images are well recognized in hundreds of magazine and book credits. In his work he seeks to change the aesthetic of what we expect to see in a garden photograph so that the media portrays authentic and sustainable gardens. "The American Meadow Garden" and his two most previous books, Hardy Succulents, and Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates, were all awarded prizes by the Garden Writers of America as "outstanding books". He owns the stock photography library PhotoBotanic and blogs regularly at Gardening Gone Wild.
Pam Penick is author of Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard and a landscape designer in Austin, Texas, specializing in lawn reduction for DIY homeowners looking for water-conserving, regionally appropriate, and beautiful alternatives. She’s written for Fine Gardening, Garden Design, and other publications, and her photographs have appeared in various magazines. On her blog, Digging, she offers an inspirational mash-up of garden tours, design tips, posts about drought-tolerant plants, and plenty of examples of lawn-gone gardens.
Paul Tukey, named Horticultural Communicator of the Year in 2006 by the American Horticultural Society, never stops traveling the country on behalf of his favorite topic - organic lawn care, especially why lawn chemicals should be avoided. He is founder of the non-profit SafeLawns Foundation, where his most recent project is executive-producing the upcoming documentary, A Chemical Reaction. The movie chronicles the origin of the anti-pesticide movement sweeping across Canada and into the United States. Paul is also editor and publisher of People, Places & Plants magazine, author of the best-selling book The Organic Lawn Care Manual from Storey Publishing, and he co-hosted the HGTV show People, Places & Plants with Roger Swain. He lives in Maine with his wife, son and two young daughters.
Advisory (Nonvoting) Members
Famed prairie ecologist Neil Diboll received his degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1978. He has since worked for the National Park Service in Virginia, the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado, and the University of Wisconsin. In 1982, Neil began his involvement with Prairie Nursery, producing native plants and seeds and designing native landscapes. He has since devoted his efforts to championing the use of prairie plants, as well as native trees, shrubs and wetland plants, in contemporary American landscapes. Neil's work includes designs for residential, commercial and public spaces throughout the Midwest and Northeast United States.
David and Ava Salman of High Country Gardens have transformed western gardening by cultivating beautiful blooming perennials, native & ornamental grasses and unique cacti & succulents and making them available to gardeners across the country. David is a recognized expert in the field of waterwise gardening and xeriscaping and a sought-after speaker on these subjects throughout the United States. Ava Salman is active in both her local community and in the gardening industry.