Mahonia Summit

Mahonia Summit meeting room

I’ve just wrapped a fascinating horticultural convergence….a trip to the Seattle area for the first International Mahonia Summit.  The summit, held on Washington’s Kitsap peninsula, drew 45 mahonia enthusiasts from around the world (France, England, Japan, and across the US).  We enjoyed 7 talks, three tours, and engaged in three days of mahonia discussion with folks equally as crazy. Below are photos of a few of the participants you might recognize.

Jim Fox at Far Reaches Dan Hinkley at Windcliff

Our site host/meeting organizers were Jim Fox (Wells-Medina Nursery/garden writer)-top, and Dan Hinkley (Heronswood founder/plant explorer)-bottom.  Below are a few more of the participants, including five former Plant Delights (PDN) staff, who’ve gone on to great careers in the plant world.

Andrew Bunting at Far Reaches

Andrew Bunting (Scott Arboretum, Pennsylvania)

Sean Hogan at Far Reaches

Sean Hogan (Cistus Nursery, Oregon)

Steve Hootman at Far Reaches

Steve Hootman (Rhododendron Species Foundation, Washington)

Ian Simpkins at Mahonia Summit

Ian Simpkins (former PDNer, now at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Florida)Nick Macer at Mahonia Summit

Nick Macer (Pan-Global Plants, UK)

Ozzie Johnson at Mahonia Summit

Ozzie Johnson (Itsaul Plants, Georgia)

Kathy Musial at Mahonia Summit

Kathy Musial (Huntington Botanical Garden, California)

Todd Rousaville at Mahonia Summit

Todd Rounsaville (former PDNer, now State Botanical Garden of Kentucky)

Dr. Todd Lasseigne at Mahonia Summit

Dr. Todd Lasseigne (former PDNer, now Tulsa Botanic Garden)

Adrienne and Jon Roethling, at Heronswood - Copy

Adrienne and Jon Roethling (former PDNers, now PJ Ciener Botanical Garden and High Point University)

Adam Wheeler at Mahonia Summit

Adam Wheeler (Broken Arrow Nursery, CT)

Taka Kobayashi at Mahonia Summit

Taka Kobayashi (Kobayashi Nursery, Japan)

Dr. John Grimshaw at Heronswood

Dr. John Grimshaw (Yorkshire Arboretum, UK)

Kristen Schleither at Heronswood

Kristin Schleiter (New York Botanic Garden, NY)

Greg Paige at Heronswood

Greg Paige (Bartlett Arboretum, NC)

Scott MacMahon at Heronswood

Scott McMahan (Garden Hood, GA/plant explorer)

Dan Hinkely, Tom and Amira Ranney, Nick Macer, Jeff Lynch, Olivier Colin at Heronswood

Olivier Colin – L (plant explorer, France), Jeff Lynch (Chanticleer Gardens, PA), Nick Macer, UK, Dr. Tom Ranney (NC State mahonia breeder), Tom’s wife, Amira RanneyEric Hammond at Heronswood2

Eric Hammond (Heritage Seedlings, Oregon; former Propagation Manager, Heronswood)

Kelly Dodson; Sue Milkian

Kelly Dodson (l), Sue Milikan (r) (Far Reaches Nursery, WA)

More from the trip later.


4 thoughts on “Mahonia Summit”

  1. A veritable collection of horticultural heavyweights at this Summit. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to reading about the details of this event.

  2. Pingback: Plant Exploration, Citizen Science and More at the JCRA This Winter | JC Raulston Arboretum

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