W. Gary Smith lectures frequently at horticultural societies, public gardens, and professional conferences. As part of his efforts in encouraging landscape architects to focus more on plants and horticulture, he serves on the ASLA Education Advisory Committee, and developed the Planting Design Professional Practice Network for the ASLA. Formerly an Associate Professor of Landscape Design and Construction at the University of Delaware, Smith has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas. During the spring term of 2012, Smith was the Nadine Carter Russell Chair in the School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University.
In addition to receiving numerous project awards over recent years from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, W. Gary Smith received the prestigious Landscape Design Award from the American Horticultural Society. His book, From Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design, received an AHS Garden Book Award. Smith was named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2013.
Rosie Atkins was elected to the Royal Horticultural Society Council in 2010; she is to retire at the 2015 AGM. Rosie is Chairman of the Awards Committee and a member of the Horticulture Board, the Gardens Committee, the Lindley Library and Arts Committee, and the Woody Plant Committee. She is also the Garden Advisor for RHS Garden Rosemoor and an RHS Judge.
For eight years, Rosie was Curator of Chelsea Physic Garden, London’s oldest botanic garden. She is Chairman of London Gardens Network, a member of Great Dixter Charitable Trust and Gardening for the Disabled Trust, and Patron of The Professional Gardeners’ Guild Trust Appeal, as well as The Fairbridge Society.
Rosie launched Gardens Illustrated magazine in 1992 and was awarded Editors’ Editor by the British Society of Magazine Editors in 1996. She has gardened in allotments, on roof gardens and the backyard of a London terrace.
The banner photo on this page of the Chelsea Physic Garden is courtesy of Andrew Locking of Andrew’s Walks