INSTRUCTORS
PROJECT 1
Sarah Bergquist

Sarah Bergquist is the WSU Extension Island County Waste Wise Program Coordinator, working with adults and children to share the environmental, economic, and societal benefits of composting, recycling, reducing, and reusing.

Bess Bronstein

Bess Bronstein is a horticultural consultant, educator and ISA Certified Arborist® based on the Kitsap Peninsula in Kingston, Washington, with over 30 years experience in arboriculture, landscape management and garden design. She was an instructor for the Edmonds College horticulture program for 28 years, with a focus on courses in pruning and tree care, plant identification, plant pests/diseases and diagnosis, and soils. Bess frequently teaches public and professional arboriculture and horticulture courses throughout the Pacific Northwest, and supports ongoing education in sustainable landscape management practices and tree care.

Robert Bryan

Retired biochemist and Skagit County Master Gardener since 2009, Robert Bryan lives on a 2.5-acre farm on Camano Island.

Trevor Cameron

Trevor started in his grandmother's garden, continued in his parent's garden, and now has over 30 years of experience in his own garden. His passion as a parent is sharing his love for gardening with his two boys just like his parents did for him. When choosing a favorite plant he said, "That's a tough one.. How 'bout I'm a 'plantaphile!'" Trevor is a Certified Professional Horticulturist and serves as the General Manager at Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville.

Dr. Frank Caruso

Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Dr. Caruso holds a B.A. in Biology and both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology. He was a professor of Botany and Plant Pathology at the University of Maine, 1979-1985, and at the University of Massachusetts, Cranberry Station, from 1985 until he retired in 2013.

Karen Chapman

Born in England, Karen Chapman grew up with a trowel in her hand.

After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1996, she joined one of the leading garden nurseries as a garden plant specialist. Ten years later, she established Le jardinet, specializing in creating artistic plant combinations with a four-season foliage framework, functional outdoor living spaces, and deer resistant, summer-dry designs.

Karen teaches both container and landscape design in workshops and seminars across the country as well offering a range of online learning opportunities.

When she’s not teaching garden design or talking about it, Karen is usually writing about it, her articles and designs being featured in many national gardening publications including Fine Gardening, Country Gardens, Sunset, and Garden Design. She has co-authored two books: the award-winning Fine Foliage (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013) and the highly acclaimed Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017) and her latest book, Deer Resistant Design: Gardens that Thrive Despite the Deer, was recently released (Timber Press, 2019).

Scott Chase

Scott Chase retired in 2017 after 13 years as Island County coordinator of WSU Shore Stewards and Camano coordinator for WSU Waste Wise. Scott has taught classes on native plants for bluff stability, rain barrels, recycling, and hunting wild mushrooms.

John Christianson

John Christianson started in the horticultural profession as a teenager, working as a greenhouse laborer at Saxe Greenhouse in North Seattle. Later, he managed the Nursery Department at Molbak's Nursery in Woodinville. John and his wife, Toni, have owned Christianson's Nursery for over 30 years. Located in the Skagit Valley, it is a destination for rare and unusual plants in a historic setting. John and Toni have created many People's Choice Award-winning gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

Eric Conn

Eric Conn is a farmer, consultant, and designer. He has been the co-owner/operator of Full Cycle Farm in Clinton for 11 years, growing a wide range of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers.

June Davis

A Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH), June Davis is one of WGW's popular instructors on all things gardening. She is a garden consultant—The June Garden—with 25 years in the nursery industry. As Sales Manager for Skagit Gardens, she worked with breeders to introduce new plants to the market. She gardens on Whidbey Island.

Marcia Dillon

Marcia Dillon has been a Master Gardener since 2012. She manages the tomatoes at the Bellevue Demonstration Garden, where they trial the latest varieties in a quest to find the perfect tomato.

Chuck Flannery-Jones

Chuck Flannery-Jones graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in horticulture and has been designing and remodeling gardens for 35 years, with 20 of those years on Whidbey Island.

He has been working with Chuck Clark, an Island County Master Gardener, for several years, helping him to regain control of a mature landscape that had become overgrown.

Toni Grove

Toni Grove is a Master Gardener alum with a BS in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University. She is the former nursery manager at Lavender Wind Farm and currently works for Mary's Weeding Service, keeping Whidbey Island tidy, one flower bed at a time.

Gwendolyn Hannam

Gwendolyn Hannam has nearly 15 years experience as an Environmental Biologist, with most of her career based on aspects of water quality, land use and development, water resource management, and critical environmental areas. She holds a B.S. in Oceanography and an M.S. in Botany.

Ed and Martha Hollis

Ed and Martha Hollis met many years ago in a Community College Landscape and Nursery Program in San Diego. Ed went on to get a degree in Horticulture from CalPoly, while Martha got hers in practical experience.
They worked as Southern California landscape maintenance professionals for over 30 years. After retiring, they moved to Whidbey Island, where nature provides most of the irrigation.
They have been Island County Master Gardeners since 2013. Both are passionate about the benefits of proper pruning for healthy, thriving landscapes!

Judith Jones

Judith Jones' Fancy Fronds started in 1977 and began mail order in 1982. For thirty years, Judith has participated at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, in everything from landscape displays to plant lectures. She feels fortunate to have the support and encouragement of professional Pteridologists and fern growers all over the world.

Judith Juno

Judith Juno has been a Master Gardener since 2008 and an Oak Harbor Garden Club member since 1996. Since 2004 she has been an accredited National Garden Clubs Flower Show Judge, and in 2013 she earned the status of NGC Master Flower Show Judge. In 2016 she became the Whidbey Island Fair Horticulture Dept. Head Judge for two years. Judith is a retired Language Arts high school teacher from Florida.

Anza Muenchow

Anza Muenchow has perfected the art of propagating plants by growing food at her two-acre Maha Farm for the past 15 years. But beyond her farming expertise, she is also passionate about improving fresh food access for her community, especially low-income families. And, as a Master Gardener since 1992, she is the go-to expert for other Master Gardeners who want information on propagation techniques. Anza also volunteers for Master Gardeners at South Whidbey Tilth and the Whidbey Island Conservation District.

Tobey Nelson

Tobey Nelson has a BS in Landscape Horticulture from Michigan State University. She has been designing, installing, and maintaining gardens for over 25 years. Tobey Nelson Events + Design offers garden design and coaching, floral design for special occasions and weddings, and botanical art. She focuses on environmentally-responsible approaches such as drought-tolerant plantings, supporting local farmers, and sustainable floral design methods.

Zsofia Pasztor

Zsofia Pasztor is the founder and co-executive director of the non-profit organization, Farmer Frog. She teaches restoration horticulture, urban agriculture, aquaponics, and low-impact development at several colleges and abroad.

Dr. Robert Pelant

Dr. Pelant is the founding CEO of the Pacific Rim Institute (PRI) based on Whidbey Island, WA. It is a 175-acre site containing old Douglas fir and Pacific yew forests and one of the largest and most diverse prairie remnants in the entire region. Prairies are Washington's most endangered ecosystem. A veterinarian by training Robert has worked and lived most of his adult life in Asia, Latin America and Africa. His focus then was holistic development for mostly rural peoples. Since 2009 with PRI, he is combining that experience with a more scientifically based approach to restoring the ecosystems in which we live. He obtained his BS degree in 1977 and his D.V.M. (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from the University of Minnesota in 1981.

Christina Pfeiffer

A horticultural consultant and educator with 40 years experience and a long-time pruning instructor at Edmonds Community College, Christina Pfeiffer holds degrees in Horticulture from Michigan State and the University of Washington and is an ISA Certified Arborist. She is the author of Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening.

Dr. Joseph Sheldon

Joe Sheldon holds a Ph.D. in Insect Ecology from the University of Illinois and has 36 years of college and university teaching and research experience. He is the author or editor of 3 books and over 20 articles in scientific literature on Insect Ecology. He has testified before Congress on the Endangered Species Act.

Frank Simpson

Frank Simpson has a master’s degree in landscape architecture and over 35 years experience designing and maintaining sustainable landscapes in Ireland, England, California, and Washington. He has taught planting design courses at UCLA and is currently the Executive Director of Meerkerk Gardens, a 53-acre woodland garden open to the public in Greenbank, WA.

Cyndi Stuart

Cyndi Stuart is a former perennial plant buyer and field biologist and is now a full-time Earth-Friendly Farmer, garden speaker, educator, and author. Her experience and deep knowledge make her an expert on providing tips, techniques, and advice for growing food plants in the PNW.

Thomas Vincent

Thomas Vincent is an Island County Master Gardener. He and his wife have an eighteen-acre farm in Langley, WA, with horses, chickens, ducks, and lots of compost piles.

Laura Watson

Laura Watson enjoys sharing her ever-increasing knowledge of vines. She regularly attends international clematis conferences and is a garden writer/blogger. Laura is proud to be a King County Master Gardener and Plant Amnesty Master Pruner.

Diana Wisen

Diana Wisen is a 30-year WSU Master Gardener. She has been a Skagit County Master Gardener trainer for 20 years, serves as Chairman of the Outreach and Education Committee, as well as their Speakers Bureau, and regularly teaches gardening classes to a variety of audiences.

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