Speaker Biographies



Karl Becker
Wisconsin Iris Society
Karl has been growing varieties of shrubs, plants, and bulbs for over 55 years. In 1980 Karl began to grow Iris and in 1994 joined the Wisconsin Iris Society. To date Karl has collected over 600 different varieties and growing. In 2002 Karl was elected the president of the Wisconsin Iris Society and re-elected in 2004. Karl is also listed in the American Iris Society Website for Garden Tour. Karl is also a member of the American Iris Society and the Tall Bearded Iris Society.

SE WI Iris Society
N9012 Pickeral Jay
Muskego, WI 53150


Nancy Benninghouse
Nancy has been practicing landscape architect for 24 years. She worked with Buettner & Assoc. in Fox Point for 21 years, and then started her own firm, Firefly Garden Design, LLC in 2005. She does both residential and commercial garden design and her passion is designing with perennial plants.

Firefly Garden Design, LLC
2429 N. 114th St.
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Ph. & fax: 414/475-6440


Katharine Brenner
Katharine has been actively engaged in the “world of plants” in numerous capacities for over twenty-five years. She holds a bachelors degree in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis. Currently she is employed by Prairie Future Seed Co., L.L.C., a firm committed to providing and planting local genotypes in residential native plant landscapes. Her passion is to empower people to make informed decisions when selecting, planting, and tending their residential landscapes as a way to do their part in healing and helping a challenged planet.

Prairie Future Seed Co. LLC
PO Box 644
Menomonee Falls, WI 53052


Creative Images Photo Club

The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens Camera Club, promotes the Gardens through its members’ photography. Established in 2003, the club provides a creative outlet for local photographers of all skill levels. Through monthly meetings and the exchange of ideas, group members improve their skills. New members are welcomed. The club participates in the exhibitions at community locations such as Franklin Public Library, the Greendale Library, the Greenfield Library, and at Boerner Botanical Gardens. Check them out at their website - creativephotoimages.org or send Mary Kleist an email at maryakleist@sbcglobal.net


Harris Byers
Harris Byers is an instructor for the Urban Apiculture Institute and Master Beekeeping Program of the UWEX Milwaukee Co. Urban Agriculture Program. Harris has a MS in Agronomy from the University of Georgia and is currently conducting research on the viability of low-input integrated pest management as a long-term solution for pest management in urban area beekeeping, where he has had 8 years experience of semi-urban beekeeping in the state of Georgia.

Milwaukee County UW-Extension
932 S. 60th Street
West Allis, WI 53214


Zannah Crowe

Zannah has been working in the field of horticulture for over 20 years. She holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from UW-Madison and managed a rare-plant nursery in Connecticut for 12 years before returning to her Midwest roots in 1995. For several years she was Executive Director of a community gardening program in West Bend, Wisconsin and is currently employed as lead horticulturist at Monches Farm, a perennial plant nursery in Colgate, Wisconsin.

Monches Farms
5890 Monches Rd.
Colgate, WI 53017


Paul Drobot
Paul was a Biology and Horticulture Instructor at Franklin High School, Franklin, Wisconsin. His business, Perennial Landscapes, specializes in the design, installation, and maintenance of small landscape projects. His website, www.plantstogrow.com is a searchable plant information and picture website. The database has over 6900 pictures representing over 1600 plants and other horticulture themes.

W138 S7080 Sherwood Circle
Muskego, Wisconsin 53150
Web site www.plantstogrow.com


James Drzewiecki, Assoc AIA

Ginkgo Leaf Studio LLC
James is a landscape designer and owner of Ginkgo Leaf Studio LLC, a landscape design firm for both commercial and residential clients. His designs are skillfully created using state of the art Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3-D visualization software which help his clients to envision their project.

Drzewiecki was previously a senior landscape designer, CAD/Design Graphics Manager, and landscape industry speaker for one of the largest landscape design/build firms in Wisconsin. In addition, he is currently a part-time instructor in the horticulture department at the North Campus of Milwaukee Area Technical College and is frequently invited to speak at industry seminars to share his design philosophy and creative use of plants.

Ginkgo Leaf Studio, LLC
W63 N672 Washington Ave.
Cedarburg, WI 53012


Heidi Endres
Heidi graduated with her Master's Degree in Art Therapy from Mount Mary College in 2006. She belongs to the Southeast Wisconsin Pastel Society (SEWPS) and teaches seniors one-stroke painting on a one-to-one basis at the Brookfield Senior Center. She has two of her sculptures in a traveling exhibit on global warming. You can contact Heidi at her email artmaker@wi.rr.com


Michael Gaffney
Michael is the founder of the Milwaukee School of Floral Design in Brewers Hill and the Chicago School of Floral Design. Michael has recently designed for companies such as Lalique and Waterford at stores such as Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue in Chicago.

Milwaukee School of Floral Design
Fortress Building, 100 East Pleasant St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212


Lynn Goldstein
Lynn is the owner of Creative Landscape Designs, Inc. Lynn designs and installs for both residential and commercial clients. Lynn teaches at MATC in the Horticulture department and teaches recreation gardening classes at Nicolet High School. She holds a Masters Degree in Art Education from UWM and an Associate in Landscape/Horticulture from MATC.

Creative Landscape Designs, Inc.
230 W. Suburban Ct.
Fox Point, WI 53217


Rob Green
Rob joined Stano Landscaping with 23 years of experience in the retail floral business. Originally from Minneapolis, he spent two years travelling the country doing design shows for fellow retail florists. In 1996, he moved to Milwaukee and began working for a local florist. In 2001, he helped open and began managing a second store location in Menomonee Falls. He has worked on a wide variety of floral projects throughout his career including special events at the Minneapolis Art Museum, and several large weddings, one of which exceeded $35,000 in floral decorations alone. Rob considers floral "wall sculptures" his specialty.

Stano Landscaping
6565 N. Industrial Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53223


Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen
Jeanne has a BS degree in Plant Science & Horticulture and a MS degree in Plant Science. She has ten years experience in Garden Center Management and is currently Garden Center Manager at Shady Acres Perennial Nursery.

Shady Acres Perennial Nursery
5725 S. Martin Rd.
New Berlin, WI 53146


Heidi Hornung
Born into the business, Heidi Hornung’s enthusiasm for gardening dates back to her early years. Of course her father, Karl, was a big influence on her career choice, but her grandmother’s garden in Germany was another inspiration. Heidi attended the University of Wisconsin and received her bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in 1987. She is licensed as a landscape architect in Wisconsin. With over 20 years of experience, including an internship in the green industry in Germany, Heidi offers both depth and expertise as a landscape architect and garden designer.

Heidi Hornung
Shady Lane Greenhouse
W172 N7388
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051


Lynn Laufenburg
Over the past 10 years Lynn has instructed classes at Waukesha County Technical College which have included 6 and 8 week sessions in Basic Principals of Floral Design, Advanced Floral Design, Garlands, Swags and Wreaths, Organic Decorating, Bow-making and Package Decorating, and Wedding Floral Design.
Lynn has owned and operated a full service retail flower shop for over 15 years and has over 25 years in the floral industry, working at or managing various shops in Southeastern Wisconsin. Upon selling her retail business, Lynn returned to school to finish her degree in Interior Design Lynn feels this background combined with being a floral design artist lends credibility whether it be for placement of a custom designed permanent piece, or for helping choose personalized fresh blossoms for a wedding bouquet. Lynn's work has been displayed at the Parade of Homes in 2001 and 2003, and at the Waukesha Symphony Show House in 2002.

Lynn Laufenburg
Idle Hours Floral and Interior Design
W300 S5647 Windcrest Dr.
Waukesha, WI 53189


Sharon Morrisey
Sharon is a Consumer Horticulture Agent for Milwaukee County. She has a MS in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Illinois – Urbana. She is regularly on “Gus’ Green Thumb Garden” on FOX 6 with Gus Gnorski, on the “Yard & Garden Show” on WISN (1130AM) and “Garden Talk” with Larry Meiller on WPR. She is the Master Gardener Volunteer Program Advisor and Coordinator for the SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardener Program.
Sharon Morrisey
Milwaukee County UW-Extension
932 S, 60th St.
West Allis, WI 53214-3346


Dr. Patti Nagai
Dr. Nagai is the Horticulture Educator Associate Professor Racine County. She has a PhD in Agronomy - Crop Physiology from Cornell University, a MS Horticulture – Vegetable Crops from Mississippi State University and a BS Horticulture – Ornamentals from Mississippi State University. She conducts Master Gardener training programs, coordination and education Plant insect, disease and cultural diagnostics for consumer and commercial horticulture clients. Topical specializations are vegetables for the home garden and interior plant selection and culture.
Dr. Patti Nagai
14200 Washington Avenue
Sturtevant, WI 53177


Drew Nelson
Corporate Watergarden Specialist
Reinders Inc.
262-524-0200 (office)
414-303-3386 (cell)

Lisa Neske
Bayside Gardens
400 E. Brown Deer Rd.
Bayside, WI 53217


Nancy Newcomb
Nancy has been teaching the art of transparent watercolor in workshops all over the country for over twenty years. Her ability as a Master Teacher and award-winning artist make her workshops popular. Educated at the Art Institute of Chicago, Northern Illinois University, and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, plus studying with some of the watercolor workshop "greats", have helped to hone her skills.

Nancy Newcomb
TREES Studio
N2922 Marshall Lane
Lake Geneva, WI 53147


Daniel Norris
Daniel is a Registered Landscape Architect with over 25 years of experience in landscape design, construction, and project management. His work includes a broad variety of residential, commercial, institutional and corporate projects.

Daniel attended the School of Environmental Design at the University of Colorado, and completed his education at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. He has worked in prominent landscape design-build firms in Milwaukee, Denver, Atlanta, and Charlotte. Daniel received his professional licensure in Wisconsin in 1995.

Daniel Norris
Stano Landscaping
6565 N. Industrial Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53223


Rosie Petroll
Hawk’s Nursery
12217 W.Watertown Plank Rd.
Wauwatosa,WI 53226

Nino Ridgway
Herbs & Everlastings
12246 N. Farmdale Rd.
Mequon, WI 53097


Matt Singer
Matt has close to 20 years of horticulture settings, from garden center and nursery management experience running his own landscape design and install business. Matt has taught horticulture classes for the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens on various topics as well as lead guided tours through the Gardens. His focus is residential renovation with an eye for plantings that are underused.

Matt Singer
Four Season Landscapes, LLC
250 N 50th St
Milwaukee,WI 53208


Harold Steen
SE WI Daylily Society
W310 N6759 Chenequa Dr.
Hartland, WI 53029

Jim Walczak
Leaf Land Landscape
13543 Cedarburg Rd.
Mequon, WI 53097


Dave Wanninger

Dave is the chief horticulturist at Beaver Creek Nursery, a wholesale nursery located south of Clinton, Wisconsin. Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm is the retail mail order/internet sister company of Beaver Creek Nursery.

Dave has previously operated a landscaping company and was the nursery manager at a large independent garden center. He is also a longtime Instructor in the Horticulture and Landscaping program at Blackhawk Technical College in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin. When not gardening, he enjoys reading, bicycling and fine wines, although not usually at the same time.

Dave Wanninger
Beaver Creek Nursery
6604 Poplar Grove Rd.
Poplar Grove, IL 61065


Marcia Wensing
SE WI Hosta Society
The Bruce Company
4950 Memco Lane
Racine,WI 53404


Welody Wilson
Wonagrow Landscape Design Owner of Wonagrow Landscape Design LLC, specializing in complete landscape designs, designs for do-it-yourselfers, consultations and soil tests. Welody has horticultural experience in nurseries and garden centers for the past 18 years before starting WLD four years ago. She has a degree in landscape design from Milwaukee Area Technical College. Welody approach is creative and pragmatic especially for those clients who have little time to maintain their plantings. She enjoys working on special problems and gardens with a theme. Also she likes to throw a little fun into the mix with surprises in the garden.

Welody Wilson
Wonagrow Perennials and Design
W325 S9721 Beulah Rd.
Mukwonago,WI 53149


Art van Zanten
Founder and President, Arthur V. van Zanten, is part of the fifth generation of a family that has been actively involved in the production and merchandising of flower bulbs. In 1975 Arthur moved to the United States and founded Holland Beauty Flower & Bulb Corporation.

Art van Zanten
Holland Beauty Flower & Bulb
7611 N. 73rd St.
Milwaukee,WI 53223


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