Roy Lancaster – Keynote Speaker
Roy Lancaster is a free-lance writer, plant explorer, and broadcaster. He has written many books and regularly contributes to various magazines including the Royal Horticultural Society journal, The Garden. He has worked at the University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens and the Hillier Nurseries in Hampshire, England, before becoming the first curator of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in 1970.
Peter Del Tredici, Ph.D. – Arnold Arboretum, Senior Research
Peter Del Tredici holds a B.A. degree in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley (1968), a M.A. degree in biology from the University of Oregon (1969), and a Ph.D. in biology from Boston University (1991). Peter has worked at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University since 1979, as a plant propagator, editor of Arnoldia, director of living collections, and, most recently, senior research scientist. Since 1984, he has been the curator of the famous Larz Anderson collections of bonsai plants, housed at the Arboretum. Peter has been a lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture since 1992, with a strong interest in urban ecology. He is the winner of the Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal and Award for 1999, presented annually by the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College "in recognition of outstanding national contributions to the science and art of gardening."
Peter has worked on various aspects of both botany and horticulture over the last 25 years. His interests are wide ranging and include such subjects as plant introduction from China, the root systems of woody plants, stress tolerance in urban trees, the ecology of conifers, and the cultural and natural history of the Ginkgo tree.
Roy Dicks – Raleigh News & Observer, Music and Theater Reviewer
Music and theater reviewer for the Raleigh News & Observer for the past nine years. Roy has been working with Timber Press on reprints of eleven books by English garden writer Beverley Nichols, an author J. C. Raulston introduced to Roy. He gave his first Nichols talk at the Arboretum at J. C.'s insistence, and now gives it regularly around the country.
Hayman – Louisville Courier Journal, Photographer
After a storm destroyed 100 mature maples and oaks in the small city of Seneca Gardens in 1987, Michael Hayman replanted the Louisville suburb of 300 homes with 1,000 trees, many of them rare and unusual. He has extended his plantings into an adjoining park, Whitehall House and Gardens, The Home of the Innocents, and is a volunteer consultant for other Louisville neighborhoods who are interested in planting a diverse collection of trees.
Mike is on the Board of Directors of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Whitehall House and Gardens, and formerly on the boards of Yew Dell Gardens and the Landscape Development Center in Chanhausen, Minnesota.
Mike won the Local Horticulture Award from the American Horticulture Society in 1996.
He has given talks about the neighborhood arboretum concept to many groups, including the Callaway Conference, the Eastern Region International Plant Propagators Society, and the recent Southern Plant Conference.
Hayman has been a photographer for the Louisville Courier-Journal for 22 years.
Bill McNamara – Quarryhill
Botanical Garden, Director
In company with horticulturists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Windsor Great Park, and the Howick Arboretum, Bill McNamara has botanized extensively in the wilds of Asia. For the past 19 years each fall, he has ventured into the mountains of China, Japan, and India in search of plants. Working closely with Chinese and Japanese botanists, Bill and his colleagues are pursuing their mutual goals of research and conservation. He will show slides from his travels in the "great collecting district of Asia" known as the "Edge of the World".
Bill first read about British plant hunters while he was in high school. He remembers telling friends that he wished he had been born a century earlier, as the days of exploration were over. To help with college expenses, Bill worked at various nurseries in the bay area and became a California Certified Nurseryman in 1973. After graduating in 1975 from the University of California, Berkeley, he left for Asia. For just under a year he traveled around the world visiting gardens and remote areas. He settled in Sonoma, California where he started Con Mara Gardens, a landscaping business, in 1980.
In 1987, Bill began working with Quarryhill Botanical Garden, a private research garden in Glen Ellen, California. He was promoted to director in 1994. Bill was made a field associate of the Department of Botany, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and an honorary researcher of the Scientific Information Center of Resources and Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2000. In 2001, he became an associate member of the joint Chinese-American Committee for the Flora of China. Bill has a Master's degree in Conservation Biology and is also a member of the Design Review Commission for the City of Sonoma, and the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum Plant Collections Committee, in San Francisco. He has had numerous articles published and also holds a third degree black belt in Aikido.
Don Shadow – Shadow Nursery, Inc., Owner
Don Shadow is owner of Shadow Nursery, a wholesale nursery in Winchester, Tennesse, specializing in woody ornamentals and rare and unusual plants. He received his bachelor's degree in horticulture at the University of Tennessee and has served as past-president of both the International Plant Propagator's Society (Eastern region) and the Southern Nurserymen's Association. Among the honors he has received are the Medal of Honor Award of the Garden Club of America (1989), the Individual Commercial Award of the American Horticultural Society (1993), and the Silver Seal Award of the American Federation of Garden Clubs (1994).
Kim E. Tripp, Ph.D. – The
New York Botanical Garden, Director
For the past 10 years, Kim E. Tripp has been dedicated to the development, management, and interpretation to the public of plant collections in botanical gardens. She has extensive experience in planning, planting, and management of diverse landscapes, gardens, and forest environments; including historic landmark sites and gardens, urban spaces, and forest restoration. Her work includes research on conservation, sustainable use, and restoration of rare and endangered conifers; growth and development of trees in managed environments; and evaluation and distribution of plants of promise. She has collected plants in diverse habitats throughout North America (including Mexico), in South America (Chile), Europe, Japan, and western China.
Dr. Tripp has developed internationally recognized educational exhibitions about plants. She teaches and lectures on a broad range of horticultural and botanical subjects, and has published widely in public and professional, horticultural and scientific journals and books. She received her B.S. and M.S. from Cornell University, and her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University - where she also served as Curator of Conifers for the JC Raulston Arboretum. She completed her post-doctoral work at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, served as the Director of the Botanic Garden of Smith College, has been Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections at The New York Botanical Garden since 1999 and is now Director of the Botanical Garden.
During her tenure at The New York Botanical Garden, Kim has been responsible for:
Bobby Ward, Ph.D. – Author and Retired
Author of The Plant Hunter's Garden – the New Explorers and Their Introductions and A Contemplation Upon Flowers – Garden Plants in Myth and Literature, the latter earning the Quill & Trowel Award from the Garden Writers Association. Bobby is co-editor of A Garden of One's Own – Writings of Elizabeth Lawrence. He is past president of the North American Rock Garden Society and is a retired environmental scientist.