Mike Bone

Mike Bone has worked for the Denver Botanic Garden for 20 years. He started his career there as the propagator and is now Associate Director of Horticulture and Curator of Steppe Collections. Mike’s position involves working with the Plant Select® program, which is a plant introduction and recommendation program that promotes plants for the Rocky Mountain region and beyond. Mike travels to the four great steppe regions of the world to study and understand the beautiful, resilient, and fantastic plants in these regions.  

Mike will be presenting The Steppe and Its Plants.


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Wambui Ippolito

Wambui Ippolito was the 2021 Best in Show award winner at the Philadelphia Flower Show, the largest show of its kind in North America. Born in Kenya, Wambui was influenced by her mother’s garden in Nairobi, her grandmother’s farm in the countryside, and the natural landscapes of East Africa. A graduate of the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Horticulture, Veranda Magazine named her one of “Eleven Revolutionary Female Landscape Designers and Architects You Should Know” in 2021. Wambui lectures internationally and is the founder of the BIPOC Hort Group, a multicultural professional organization with membership from Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean. She lives in New York City, where she concentrates on urban gardens, public spaces, and large estates.

Wambui will be presenting Landscapes that Connect New Communities with Perennial Plants.

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Janet Novak

Janet Novak is a botanist and gardener living in Philadelphia. She developed her interest in native plants through exploring the local woods as a child in West Virginia. She has served as president of the Philadelphia Botanical Club, and she belongs to 10 other plant-related societies, ranging from the North American Rock Garden Society to the Penstemon Society. She created the Connecticut Botanical Society’s website, which is a popular resource on the state’s native plants. Janet’s botanical photos have appeared in Horticulture Magazine and Peterson’s Field Guide to Ferns. Her educational background, however, is not plants but molecular biology, and she works as a medical editor.

Janet will be presenting on Matching Place to Plant: Expanding the Native Plant Palette.

Tim Richardson

Paul Orpello

Paul D. Orpello is Director of Gardens and Horticulture at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, DE. Paul oversees horticulture across Hagley’s 235-acre historic property, home of the birthplace of the DuPont Company and du Pont family residence, including Hagley’s historic gardens, greenhouses, and living collections. Paul is an expert in landscape design, sustainable organic practices, landscape management, and ecological restoration. Paul is a graduate of Temple University’s horticulture program, an American Society for Horticulture Science (ASHS) certified professional horticulturist, experienced educator, and an award-winning landscape designer. His recent restoration work has been featured on the international program, Garden Masterclass and in the Washington Post. Paul is also a horticultural and ecological consultant for the Chemours Company.

Paul will be presenting on Gardens from the Ashes: Rediscovering Corwninsheld.


Andrew Schuyler

Andrew Schuyler is a life-long resident of Yonkers, NY, and has been involved with Untermyer Gardens Conservancy since 2012, joining the staff as a full-time Horticulturist in the 2016 season. He graduated from Longwood Garden’s Professional Gardener program in 2015, and pursued additional training at Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Great Dixter House and Gardens in East Sussex, UK. At Untermyer, he is involved in many aspects of the garden restoration, and manages greenhouse and propagation programs, arboriculture projects, and seasonal gardeners.

Andrew will be presenting on Untermyer Gardens: 10 years.


Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Emmy® Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, and bestselling author, is America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information and a guide for all aspects of everyday living — cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living, and pets. Labeled “the world’s No. 1 living mega-brand” by Fortune magazine, Stewart sits atop an empire built on the simple premise that domesticity is good and should play an important role in society. She has paved the way for the novice and professional gardener to enjoy simple and elegant beauty worldwide. 

Martha will be presenting on A Perennial Passion for Gardening.

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