Gretel Anspach is a Trustee of Mass Hort, a Lifetime Master Gardener, past-president of the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association and a systems engineer for Raytheon. Gretel also helped to establish and maintain a food production garden at Raytheon that has provided fresh produce to the Marlboro Food Pantry for five years.
Marte Ayers is a local beekeeper and resident of Mashpee, MA. She has been beekeeping for 20 years since attending an alternative medicine seminar for arthritis and MS: “Apitherapy.” She is a past president and current member on the Board of Directors for the Barnstable County Beekeepers Association which boasts over 300 members.
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Warren Collins is a recent transplant to Falmouth from the Hudson Valley Region in upstate New York. Collins is a member of the Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod and has degrees in Botany, Plant Pathology and Microbiology. After careers in the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries, Collins and her husband ran a small farm growing produce, raising layers and broilers, and managing year-round growing in a large greenhouse. WildWood Farm sold at Farmers Markets and to local restaurants and caterer in the Hudson Valley Region. She has been an avid gardener/farmer for close to 45 years.
April Daley is long-time gardening enthusiast! She is a certified Massachusetts Master Gardener, former educational coordinator for Massachusetts Horticultural Society and currently employed in the greater Boston area as a full-time gardener. She has been the inspirational force and principal educator for a range of educational programs with a variety of organizations for more than a decade.
Rooster and Marianne Fricke
Marianne Fricke & “The Big Red Rooster” of Nobska Farms are growing almost one hundred varieties of chilis on their micro-farm in Woods Hole, MA. The chilis range from mild to wild and the Frickes sell them year round: fresh, dried, and as sauce, chocolate and pepper jelly. Chili enthusiasts and regional chefs rely on Nobska Farms to satisfy their need for heat and flavor! The Nobska Farms chili community is large and growing through tours, markets, and special events.
Sonny is an award-winning floral designer who lives in Chatham, MA. His lifelong passion has been working with plants and for more than 30 years he has enjoyed a career in floral design. A teacher and lecturer, Sonny brings a unique approach to floral arranging, focusing on natural objects and found treasures to create exciting and novel floral pieces. He approaches floral arranging as an art, and all nature becomes his palette. For several years, Sonny has been invited to participate in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts yearly event, “Art in Bloom” where his floral arrangements have been featured. The star of his own access TV show on Cape Cod Community Media, Channel 17, Sonny has presented shows on Shakespeare’s Flowers, Pitcher This, Wreaths, Shells and seasonal arrangements on his well received half-hour show, Sonnys Floral Trends.
Samantha Gawrych is a Boston College graduate with a degree in Environmental Studies and Gastronomy. Her foundation of knowledge for wild food developed through her work with a professional forager, Evan Strusinski, who is a supplier for restaurants in New York City. She continues to build off of that foundation with her own wild food studies and work with wild plants in Cape Cod and Connecticut. Her foraging endeavors can be followed on Instagram @thewildgoods and at thewildgoods.com.
Patti Keating, MCH Horticulturist, Co-owner of Artistic Garden Design
Adjunct Faculty in the Horticulture Certificate Program at Cape Cod Community College
Patti has been gardening for over 40 years. She loves to share her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for creating a successful garden with perennials.
Massachusetts Master Gardener Association (MMGA)
The Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to share knowledge and experience with the public through outreach programs in education, horticulture and gardening; to provide the Master Gardener Training Program to interested members of the public; and to provide graduates of the Master Gardener Training Program with educational and practical opportunities to extend their knowledge and interests in gardening and related topics.
Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod
Master Gardeners are adults of all ages who love gardening and who have previous gardening experience. They come from all walks of life and are willing to learn about horticulture and share that research-based information with others.
The Cape Cod Master Gardener Program is a cooperative effort between community volunteers and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension staff to provide unbiased horticultural information to the residents of Barnstable County. Working with Master Gardener volunteers, Extension can expand its ability to provide quality information to the residents of Barnstable County through an array of horticultural programs.
Natasha Miskovsky was born and raised on Cape Cod and has been immersed in the world of plants, flowers and garden design by virtue of her upbringing. She is now formally persuing a degree in Horticulture while working in green industry. She is an artist at heart, profoundly creative, and has a contagious passion for container gardening. She now has her own business, Natasha Miskovsky Gardens.
Prominent New England landscape designer Paul Miskovsky is a graduate of UMass Stockbridge, with a degree in Commercial Floriculture. Upon graduation his namesake landscape design, installation and maintenance company took hold. Paul is currently celebrating his pearl anniversary with thirty successful years of creating cutting edge, high-quality gardens.
Each project derives from a fluid design that evolves as rock, soil, herbaceous plants, woody shrubs and trees meld with Miskovsky’s imagination and the contours of the landscape. His mastery of earth-moving machinery, keen eye, and uncanny passion for the finished canvas is as unique as nature itself. Paul’s award winning designs have been on display at both The Boston Flower & Garden Show, Providence Flower Show and Newport Flower Show. He previously served on The Massachusetts Horticultural Society Board of Trustees.
Russell Norton is an Extension Educator for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Horticulture Program and the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program. Russell provides technical expertise to agriculture and horticulture professionals and to the general public. He has extensive knowledge of both ornamental and food crops with a primary focus in Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Mindy is inspired by anything she sees that she considers beautiful! Her one and only desire is to make the viewer of her pieces smile! She is a self-taught oil painter who has owned and operated Color Your World since 1991. She has been a design/color consultant, faux finish and mural artist. Her studio, “Great Expectations,” is located at 796 East Falmouth Highway.
She has been an active member of the Falmouth Artists Guild and several Galleries since 2000. She has been represented by the Kyle Studio/Gallery, Falmouth- Sheldon Fine Art, Newport, RI-Erlich Gallery, Marblehead, MA- European Traditions, Nantucket- Great Expectations, Provincetown- East Bay Gallery, Warren, RI- Color Obsession, Mashpee- Birdsey’s, Osterville- Jan Collins Selman Fine Art, Falmouth. She is currently showing at Chafin Fine Art, Falmouth, MA, Bartholomew Gallery, Chatham, MA, Nantucket Artworks, Nantucket, MA, Hennevelt’s, West Palm Beach, FLA, Osceola 32, Stuart, FLA, and Mermaid’s Bite, Naples, FLA
Betty Sanders is a widely recognized speaker and writer on gardening subjects. She has lectures at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden series, the Boston Public Library, the USDA as well as at numerous garden clubs and civic groups throughout New England. A Lifetime Master Gardener, she is also a nationally accredited floral design judge. Her ‘Horticultural Hints’ appear monthly in the Massachusetts HorticulturalSociety’s Leaflet magazine and on her website, BettyOnGardening.com.
Neal retired from the corporate world in 2005. His ‘second act’ has been as a writer of mysteries, during which time he has authored nine books. His most recent, ‘Murder in Negative Space’, joins ‘A Murder in the Garden Club’, ‘A Murder at the Flower Show’, ‘Murder Imperfect’, ‘The Garden Club Gang’, ‘Murder for a Worthy Cause’, ‘Deal Killer’, ‘Deadly Deeds’ and ‘The Accidental Spy’. Excerpts of those books as well as his other work can be enjoyed at The Hardington Press.
He and his wife, Betty, maintain a two-acre garden in Medfield, Massachusetts. The garden has been part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program and featured in the Wall Street Journal. Betty is a Lifetime Master Gardener, horticulturalist, and noted gardening lecturer. Demanding a title of his own, Neal gave himself one: the Principal Undergardener. His blog of the same namesake shares his thoughts on gardens, gardening and gardeners by someone who cares.
Roger Swain, “the man with the red suspenders”, is recognized by millions as host of The Victory Garden, television’s longest-running gardening show. For fifteen years Roger planted, pruned, harvested and chatted with PBS viewers across the country. This spring episodes featuring his vegetable-growing skills are part of a new series called Victory Garden EdibleFEAST. He also co-hosted People, Places and Plants on HGTV, a show which celebrated New England gardens and gardeners, and featured Roger’s commentary, “Food for Thought.”
Biologist, gardener, writer and storyteller, Roger Swain was born and raised outside Boston Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard College, and went on to earn a Ph.D. , studying the behavior in ants in tropical rain forests, before becoming Science Editor of Horticulture magazine. Since 1978 readers have enjoyed Roger’s essays and articles in that magazine, as well as his five books: Earthly Pleasures, Field Days, The Practical Gardener Groundwork, Saving Graces and Groundwork. When he is not editing, writing, or meeting with gardeners across the country, Roger can be found at work in the orchard and gardens of his New Hampshire farm. Roger Swain received the American Horticultural Society Award for Writing in 1992, in 1996 he was awarded the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gold Medal for his “power to inspire others, and in 2012 the Alice Milton Medal for Garden Design from the Worcester County Horticultural Society.
Lauren believes that all people have the right to wellness. Our ancestors have been working with medicinal plants for thousands of years as a way to stay healthy and it is only in the past century that this way of healing has been forgotten. Lauren has been studying and practicing herbal medicine for the past decade and serves as a “village herbalist” to those around her. She is actively involved in the herbal community of the Northeast and regularly attends conferences and classes to expand her practice. She is excited to share her experience and to teach people to form their own relationships with plants so they can be their own healers and come back into touch with their body and nature. Lauren maintains a healing practice in Falmouth that combines herbal medicine and energy work to help people walk the path they came here to walk and to embody their true essential nature. She has a day job designing ecological water treatment systems that use plants and ecosystems to clean wastewater. She and her partner grow lots of food and medicine and raise poultry on Trotting Park Road. For more information, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norma Weinberg, herbsdottir, is an herbal educator, writer, speaker and Master Gardener. She is the author of: Herbal Secrets for Gardeners, Natural Hand Care, Henna from Head to Toe, Natural Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Herbal Hand Creams and Salves, and The Herbal Home Spa.
Norma’s ‘hands-on’ background includes an apprenticeship at HerbPharm, a grower of organic herbs and producer of herbal remedies in Williams, Oregon; and as a graduate student intern in public affairs at the FDA. She is the originator of a cable television series, “herbsdottir” and is the founder of the Healing, Herbal Medicine and Cancer Conference.
Norma is former Chair of the New England Unit of the Herb Society of America and a regular contributor to Pennyroyal Papers. Her column, The Herb Traveler, takes readers around the globe for insights into the ethno-botanical uses of a country’s varied gardens and how plants are used for food, clothing, shelter and medicine.
Norma lives in Harvard Square and Cape Cod’s Lake Wequaquet. She is a Master Gardener in Boston and the Cape. When she is not in either place, Norma is ‘on the go’ to learn more about the world’s plants and how folks reap the benefits of nature’s bounty.