Brie Arthur

Originally from southeastern Michigan, Brie Arthur studied Landscape Design and Horticulture at Purdue University. As a professional garden industry communicator Brie is leading the national suburban Foodscape movement; a model of community development that incorporates sustainable, local food production. She is a correspondent on the PBS television show Growing A Greener World. She collaborates with professionals across the US to build Foodscapes in elementary schools through the non- profit, Sustainable Heroes and consults with landscape contractors to educate them on Foodscape design and sustainable land management.


Barry Robinson

Barry has been growing plants for almost 50 years. He assisted with his family truck farm in the 70s; has worked beef and dairy cattle operations; done production and sales in several garden centers; managed greenhouse production for 3 Virginia Tech research groups; serve as a county Extension agent and is now a self-employed sustainable horticulture consultant. He has a BS in Horticulture and a MSEd in Agriculture Education, both from Virginia Tech.


Pam Beck

Pam Beck is an award-winning garden writer, photographer and lecturer from Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Since 1988 Pam’s articles and photos have been published in national and regional gardening magazines, newspapers, professional newsletters, and websites. She has taught landscaping for adult education classes; worked retail in garden centers; done design and install work; and, has been a garden scout and photo shoot stylist for “Better Homes & Gardens”. Pam is the co-author of Best Garden Plants for North Carolina published by Lone Pine, and is a frequent guest on WPTF’s “Weekend Gardener” and “The Tom Kearney” radio shows. When not gardening on her own 2 acres, Pam is often traveling to speak before avid gardening audiences – such as this one.

Mark Jones

Mark Jones is the owner and mycologist at Sharondale Mushroom Farm in Cismont, Virginia.  He grows mushrooms, mushroom spawn, and with his herbalist friends is creating a community farmacopeia of mushroom and plant products.   Mark teaches mushroom cultivation through workshops and farm conferences.  He currently collaborates with Virginia State University and Virginia Cooperative Extension to provide mushroom growing workshops throughout the state. Through his work, Mark encourages and empowers people to grow their own and eat more mushrooms.

Marie Mims Butler

Marie Butler has a degree in landscape horticulture from North Carolina State University. She taught horticulture at the NC School for the Blind, designed landscapes in Virginia Beach, studied and taught Ikebana in Asia, participated in the Master Gardener Program for 24 years, and was deemed worthy to be the tigers’ personal gardener at the Virginia Zoological Park. Recently retired, she served as Landscape Coordinator at the Zoo for 19 years. Named “Horticulturist of the Year” by the Hampton Roads Nursery and Landscape Association, Marie has presented programs for the Virginia Flower and Garden Show, the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course for professional horticulturists, the Landscape Design School for the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, The Herbal Forum at Round Top, Texas, and training sessions for more than 8 counties of Master Gardeners.  She is a member of the Association of Zoological Horticulture, the American Horticultural Society, the Royal Horticultural Society, and the Garden Writers Association.