Who We Are

Governing Board and Volunteer Staff:  

(Click on name to view bio)

Lois J. de Vries
Eric Olsen
Dan A. Freed
Christine Staruch de Vries, Trustee Emerita

Our 2023 Hawk Communications Team

Lauren, Amanda, and Audrey

Our 2021 Outreach Assistants






Our Volunteers


Sara Piotter



 Our 2022 Summer Intern


Our 2021 Spring Interns



The Sustainable Gardening Institute is a member of:

American Puble Gardens Association

  Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries

Garden Communicators International 



Special Thanks to:

Our Team at Esri: Jim Higgins, Lauri Dafner, Kathie McDougall, and all the folks in Tech Support.

Our Underwriters:

The Dan Freed Iowa Trust
The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust 
The Chanticleer Foundation
The Joseph Robert Foundation 

Our Initial Collaborators, Hosts, and  
Forum Attendees
Our work has been informed by three years of development and proof of concept forums attended by representatives of such horticultural leading lights as:

*United States Botanic Garden
*US National Arboretum
*Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
*Cal Poly Center for Sustainability
Cuyamaca College
Duke Farms
Delaware Valley University
Fullerton Arboretum
**Garden Writers Association
Henry Schmieder Arboretum
Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
**LA Arboretum
**Longwood Gardens
Mt. Cuba Center
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Rutgers University
University of Maryland
Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden
Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture
South Coast Botanical Garden
Theodore Payne Foundation
UC Cooperative Extension

UC Santa Cruz CASFS
*Initial Collaborator
**Forum Host