Fantastic Speakers

…in alphabetical order.

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James Alexander-Sinclair is one of the foremost garden designers in the United Kingdom, an award winning writer, a compelling speaker, frequent broadcaster and an elected member of the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society.

He has a regular column in Gardeners’ World magazine, he writes blogs for Crocus and, in the USA, Fine Gardening and contributes features to Gardens Illustrated, The Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, The Garden, Countryfile, House and Garden, SAGA Magazine and many others.

He is occasionally let loose on television where he has been part of the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show since 2008. Other highligh
ts include presenting series three of Small Town Gardens, contributing to Gardeners’ World and most recently as a judge in the new BBC2 series, The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge.


egandavis-finalEgan Davis is an award-winning gardener with a lifelong passion for horticulture. His diverse background includes garden design, landscape construction, botanical garden operations and greenhouse and nursery production. He managed collections at VanDusen Botanical Garden and was the foreman at Park & Tilford Gardens. Through his outreach activities such as television, radio, print and lectures at conferences and garden clubs,

Egan has been a strong advocate for the horticulture industry. By serving on the board of directors of HEBC, Egan has been involved with developing industry standards and policies. Egan has taught horticulture in botanical garden, college and university settings and he brings the same passion and infectious enthusiasm for gardening to his teaching.



Immersed in garden design and writing, Cyril Hume continues to advocate for personal spaces that connect gardener to garden to landscape. His considered response to memory, site, neighbourhood and region creates personal and individual gardens that evolve over time while continuing to honour their history.

Cyril is a long time horticultural advocate intimately involved in the preservation and restoration of Victoria’s special Abkhazi Gardens. He has also consulted on garden restoration at local national historic sites including Point Ellice House and Craigdarroch Castle.


rebeccamcmackin-final-pngRebecca McMackin is an ecologically obsessed horticulturist and garden designer. She is the Director of Horticulture at Brooklyn Bridge Park, overseeing 85 acres of ornamental beds, forest ecosystems, meadows, wetland, green roofs, and turf areas. All Brooklyn Bridge Park landscapes are managed organically and with the aim of encouraging biodiversity.

Rebecca teaches classes on pollination ecology, gardening for wildlife, tree biology, and soil science at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Her writings have appeared in The New York Times and the Landscape Institute, and she has co-hosted the PBS Show, Garden Smart. She sits on the boards of the Ecological Landscape Alliance, Metro Hort, and the Torrey Botanical Society. She is an ISA-certified arborist and a NOFA-accredited organic landscape professional.


shirley-rockShirley Rock has been growing hardy fuchsias for over 15 years.   A friend introduced her to the NW Fuchsia Society and within two years, Shirley became president of the North Cascade Fuchsia Club, and shortly thereafter, she became president of the NW Fuchsia Society. Shirley became a Fuchsia judge in 2008 and is now the chair for NW Fuchsia Society’s Judges Group.

Shirley grows over 500 hardy Fuchsia varieties – all planted amongst her husband’s large Rhododendron collection. Fuchsias and Rhododendrons make excellent companions as Fuchsias add colour throughout the summer season. With careful selection, Fuchsias will be in bloom from May until frost.

Shirley will share her knowledge on Hardy Fuchsias to Know and Grow in the Pacific Northwest.


tony-spencer-finalA writer by profession and planting designer by passion, Tony Spencer is the creative force behind The New Perennialist, an award-winning blog exploring the frontiers of naturalistic garden design. Deeply inspired by the work of Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf and others,

Tony is a puckish ringleader in social media helping to capture the zeitgeist for a growing international and intergenerational community of plantspeople. He’s currently at work on experimental planting design projects at his country property in the rolling hills of Mono, Ontario.


Joe S border 11x14Joe Swift went to Art College after leaving school and played bass in a band. He then travelled and worked abroad and upon his return started landscaping in North London and subsequently lived in Australia for a year landscaping in Sydney and Melbourne. He studied garden design at The English Gardening School based at the Chelsea Physic Garden in 1990 whilst simultaneously setting up a landscaping company.

Joe started presenting Gardeners’ World in 1998 and now designs gardens, presents on TV and writes. Joe is a father, a lifelong Arsenal fan, and surprisingly a keen but very average golfer. He is also involved in various charities.

His long list of TV credits include the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show, episodes of The Great British Garden Revival, the host of the The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge and a regular presenter of BBC Gardeners’ World.

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