Lee Buttala

is the former Executive Director of Seed Savers Exchange, an organization dedicated to the preservation of America’s garden and farming heritage, an Emmy Award-winning television producer of Martha Stewart Living and the creator, producer and director of Cultivating Life, a PBS series on outdoor living and gardening. He has written for The New
York Times, Martha Stewart Living, New York, and Metropolitan Home. He also served as the preservation program manager for the Garden Conservancy and has studied garden design at Kyoto University of Art and Design, the English Gardening School at London’s Chelsea Physic Garden and the New York Botanical Garden. He is the author and editor of the books Cultivating Life: A Guide to Outdoor Living and The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving.

He will be presenting at the Return of the Species: Seeds and Biodiversity


Lee Buttala

Irvin Etienne

is the Horticultural Display Coordinator for the Garden at Newfields (Indianapolis Museum of Art) where he has worked for over 25 years. In this position he helps the horticulturists with their plant selection and garden design as well as designing and maintaining his own areas. With knowledge and skill, Irvin cares for 152 acres of garden and grounds filled with woody and herbaceous plants, but he lusts for and loves the tropical species most of all.

He will be presenting Gardening without Privacy.

Irvin Etienne

Panayoti Kelaidis

is a plant explorer, gardener, and public garden administrator associated with Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG), where he is now Senior Curator and Director of Outreach. He has designed plantings for many of the gardens at DBG and is particularly noted for the plantings of the Rock Alpine Garden. He has received the Scott Garden and Horticulture Medal and Award and Liberty Hyde Bailey Medal.

He will be presenting Durable, Adorable Yet Undiscovered Perennials.

Panayoti Kelaidis

Midori Shintani

is the Head Gardener at Tokachi Millennium Forest in Hokkaido,
Japan. She studied horticulture and landscape architecture before training to
become a gardener at Millesgården and Rosendals Trädgård in Sweden. She
worked to gain experiences of garden design, landscaping technology, and
nursery management in both traditional and modern styles in Japan. Since 2008,
Midori has been committed to creating new Japanese horticulture by merging
traditional horticulture into wild nature at Tokachi Millennium Forest.

She will be presenting Tokachi Millennium Forest: The Garden Connecting to the Wild.


James Alexander-Sinclair

is a well-respected and much in-demand British garden designer. He writes for most British publications, has presented garden programs on the BBC for many years, and is very poplar on the lecture circuit. James has been a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gardens judge since 2006, Chair of the Chelsea Flower Show selection panel, and Chairman of the International Jury at the Moscow Flower Show. In 2011 he was elected to the Council of the RHS.

He will be presenting A Life in Five Gardens.

James alexander-sinclaire

Jacqueline Van Der Kloet

is an internationally acclaimed garden designer and one of Holland’s best-known gardening authorities. She is a pro’s pro, a plant specialist whose advice is sought by other designers and landscape architects. Her designs are prized for their artful naturalized schemes and bold uses of color. She is the author of ten gardening books, with the latest, Colour Your Garden being the first available in English. Jacqueline is a graduate of the Royal Horticultural Institute for Garden and Landscape Architecture in Boskoop, The Netherlands and of the Provincial Institute for Horticultural Studies in Anderlecht, Belgium. She has helmed her own business since 1985.

She will be presenting Perennial Perspectives: The Power of th Perennial.

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