Jane hawley steventsJane Hawley Stevens

Jane Hawley Stevens has been working with herbs from propagating seeds to creating herbal wellness since 1981. Four Elements Organic Herbals is located in the Pristine Baraboo Bluffs, Wisconsin, on Jane and David’s 130 acre certified organic farm, composed of cultivated fields, prairie, woodland and a formal garden based on the Chakra System.  Jane believes that healing comes from Nature, working with healing herbs, both cultivated and wild. These are hand harvested at peak potency to create her unique line of remedies.In this rural setting, Jane has contributed her message of honoring Nature to schools, civic groups and through Four Elements Annual Open House over the past 23 years. Four Elements: Cultivating Natures Wisdom






Susan Martin bio pic_4x6Susan Martin

Susan Martin is an avid gardener who has spent most of her career working in various branches of the Horticulture Industry. She began in independent garden center sales before opening her own garden design and maintenance business which focused on installing unique plants to suit her clients’ individual styles. Her career advanced into sales, marketing and merchandising for large wholesale plant companies including over a decade of work in management at the largest wholesale grower of perennials in the United States. Susan finds her calling in spreading the joy of gardening to her fellow gardeners, a love which was instilled in her by her parents. She is a native of Michigan where she has been gardening since the age of four in both sandy and clay soils in zones 4-6.




dr-aleman-1Dr. Stephanie W. Alemán

Dr. Stephanie W. Alemán is a Professor of Anthropology, Botany and Ethnobotany, currently instructing plant and people-related courses at UWMC. She has over two decades of experience in teaching about plants and their special relationships in the lives of persons. She has conducted long-term fieldwork among indigenous groups in Amazonia, and specializes in understanding, exploring and recording plant knowledge in different cultural contexts. She is currently pursuing a small business in handcrafting medicinal preparations from local plant helpers called the GreenEye Apothecary. She is interested in anything to do with the botanical world and with the affects our plant allies have on our daily health and well-being, including the noble act of gardening.




Neil Diboll

In addition to helping popularize the use of native plants long before they were “cool,’ Neil developed the first scientific methodology for designing prairie seed mixes. By calculating the relative numbers of seeds per square foot for each species in a seed mix, the resultant prairie plant community could be more accurately predicted. Neil also worked to set industry standards for seed purity and germination to assure customers receive quantifiable, viable seed.

Neil’s work includes designs for residential, commercial and public spaces throughout the Midwest and Northeast United States. The essence of Neil’s philosophy is that we, as stewards of the planet, must work to preserve and increase the diversity of native plants and animals, with which we share our world. The protection of our natural heritage and our soil and water resources is essential to maintaining a high quality of life for today, and for the children of future generations to come.

Neil Diboll received his degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1978. He has since worked for the U.S. Park Service in Virginia, the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado, and the University of Wisconsin.

Erin LaFaive

Erin LaFaive is the Horticulture Educator for UW-Extension in Eau Claire County. Erin earned an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of  Wisconsin. She also earned a B.S. in Geography with an emphasis in Natural Resource Management at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her coursework and studies focused on botany, ethnobotany, and citizen science.  Her work as horticulture educator focuses on: Community gardens, assisting the public with horticulture questions, training individuals for the Master Gardener Volunteer program, and providing horticulture information through news, print, TV, and radio.

Sandy Lotto

Sandy Lotto was a Naturalist/Teacher at Trees For Tomorrow Natural Resources Specialty School for 18 years before “branching out” to start her own business near Eagle River, Lotto’s Log Cabin Outdoor School. Sandy’s mission is to share her love and knowledge of the outdoors through fun and engaging activities, including rustic-furniture making and cross country skiing, which are her passions. Since 1999, she’s taught a variety of outdoor skills classes for Nicolet College (Outdoor Adventures and Community Education), Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) and at several resorts throughout the Northwoods. In 2007, she had a little log cabin moved to her property to serve as a classroom and workshop. Lotto’s Log Cabin Outdoor School offers one-day, half-day and 1-2 hour classes in rustic furniture-making and other outdoor skills (map & compass, animal tracking, tree identification, and wilderness survival skills) by appointment. For more information, see www.lottoslogcabin.com or facebook.com/lottoslogcabin

She has a bachelor’s degree in Forestry with a Recreation emphasis from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Eileen Riehle

Eileen has been a Master Gardener Volunteer, since 2009.  She does numerous presentations each year, at the local libraries, Mead Wildlife Area, and most recently for adult continuing education.  She had been a quarterly contributing writer for a magazine.  She loves herbs, any way she can get them.  She has been growing herbs and cooking with them for the last 30+ years.  Prior to her growing them, she grew up “foraging” for them in the wilds of Northern Wisconsin.

Stevens_Arb_garden15_4983David Garison Stevens

David is curator of Longenecker Horticultural Gardens, the woody ornamental plant collection at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. David has a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to working with the Arboretum, he spent 13 years working in forest genetics, breeding and selecting native tree species with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. He and his wife also run a certified organic farm near Baraboo, Wisconsin producing specialty herbs and vegetables.





rob zimmerRob Zimmer

Rob Zimmer is an award-winning nature and garden columnist and Master Gardener who has written for many daily newspapers throughout Wisconsin such as the Appleton Post-Crescent, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Oshkosh Northwestern, Sheboygan Press, Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, Fond du Lac Reporter, Stevens Point Journal, Wausau Daily Herald, Marshfield News-Herald and Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune.   His columns also appear weekly in the Wisconsin State Farmer.
He is also the author of the books ‘Voices of the Wind: Four Seasons in Wild Wisconsin,’ ‘Wild Seasons: The Beauty of Native Wildflowers,’ ‘Shadows and Light: Showcasing a Hosta Love Affair’ and ‘Reflecting: Nature in Black and White.’  His features and photographs have also appeared in a number of magazines, including Wisconsin Gardening, Wisconsin Sportsman, Michigan Out-of-Doors, Wisconsin Natural Resources, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Birders World, Wildlife Conservation, Country Journal, Silent Sports and Camping Today.



David Zlesak in greenhouse with roses IMG_0305Dr. David Zlesak

Dr. David Zlesak is an Associate Professor of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Courses he teaches includes Plant Propagation, Woody Plant Identification, Arboriculture, and Plant Tissue Culture. He has been breeding roses since 1984 and bred the Oso Happy™ series of compact landscape roses and the hardy apricot flowered climber Above and Beyond™. He coordinates the northern Earth-Kind Rose Trials and works with colleagues at the University of Minnesota on research of new rose viruses and resistance genes to rose black spot.





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