Tom Wood. Tom owns and operates Wood Landscape Services, Ltd a residential design/build and maintenance firm. WLS was founded in 1990 with a passion for creative design and unmatched service and quality. The WLS team designs/builds and maintains exceptional outdoor environments “whatever it takes!”

As a graduate of The Ohio State University Landscape Horticulture program. Tom had the opportunity to travel as horticulturist with Red Roof Inns and honed his craft working with several landscape contractors before founding his business.

Tom spent 4 years as the NBC4 gardening expert providing live and taped informational segments about current gardening topics and trends on Saturday mornings and also through Sunday Tip segments. Tom’s gardening segments covered a wide range of topics, such as garden tours, Metro Parks, addressing horticulture issues and other environmental factors that can affect gardens (i.e.: insects, pests, animals).

            Tom’s 40 plus years of experience in landscape horticulture provides a knowledge base that allows him to problem solve and offer creative suggestions to his clients and audiences. His passion for landscape design and horticulture is evident in his desire to continually learn and enthusiastically share with his audience and clients. 

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Bobbie Schwartz. Bobbie Schwartz, a certified landscape designer in Shaker Heights, Ohio, is the owner of Bobbie's Green Thumb, a full-time business focusing on landscape design, consultation, installation and maintenance, lecturing and writing. 

Most of Bobbie's designs are for residential properties. Her landscape signature is the use of perennials, flowering shrubs and ornamental grasses to facilitate color and interest throughout the year.

An obsessed gardener for forty-nine years and a landscape designer for forty-one years, she is continually learning from seminars and conventions of the trade associations to which she belongs. Her extensive travels to gardens and nurseries have contributed greatly to her knowledge of design and new plants. Bobbie has received several design awards for residential, commercial and institutional designs.

Since 1988, Bobbie has been lecturing locally and nationally for botanical gardens and landscape associations on various aspects of design and perennial and ornamental grass gardening. She also writes extensively for various associations and magazines. In November 2017, her book, Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard into the Garden of Your Dreams, was released by Timber Press.

2019 four seasons of gardening - spring conference

Spend a full day learning from professional speakers who will share their passions, experiences and personal inspirations to spark your imagination and explore new ideas for artful gardening. 

All speakers will be featured in the main auditorium. 

Breakout Sessions

Gale E. Martin. Gale E. Martin, owner of Natives in Harmony Nursery, is also on the Board of Trustees for Terradise Nature Center and the Appalachia Ohio Alliance. Gale believes that the preservation of local-genotypes is of the utmost importance and wants to convert others to natives by offering high quality, genetically appropriate native forbs and grasses as well as providing the expertise to use and care for them. Education is a big part of Gale’s mission, and she works hard to educate and support her customers and the public at large in their land-use decisions. In addition to her involvement in the Ohio Prairie Association, Gale has served on the board of both the Headwaters Outdoor Education Center and the Olentangy Watershed Alliance. Gale is also currently the director of the Wyandot Popcorn Museum in Marion Ohio and recently retired as the Executive Director of the Marion County Historical Society, a position she held for 13 years. Before accepting the position with MCHS, Gale was the education specialist for the Morrow County Soil and Water Conservation District and a naturalist at the Mount Gilead State Park where she still helps out from time to time.

Natives in Harmony is a native plant nursery working hard to make Ohio genotypes available for anyone interested in using natives to create habitat for native pollinators, birds, and other native wildlife species. 

             If you are new to native plants, Natives in Harmony is a great place to start. Knowledgeable staff members are always willing to answer questions about specific plants and gardening with natives. Before visiting the nursery, we encourage you to peruse the online listing of many of the plants available at the nursery.

    Species availability changes daily throughout the season. Many species that sell out early are replenished in summer and fall as new seedlings are transplanted into pots.  Please call and we would be happy to email you a copy of our current inventory.  We generally have over 200 species available and may have closer to 300 or 400 at times during the season, although not all of them are listed on the website. If you know what you need in advance, we may be able to contract-grow plants specifically for you.    

For directions and an idea of the plants that may be available, explore our website at or call Gale Martin at 419-688-9800.  Natives in Harmony is open April 28 –September 30, 2019, Sunday and Monday 12 pm to 6 pm and is also open by appointment by calling 419-688-9800 or emailing:



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Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp. Known as the hoosiergardener, Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp is a 25-year, award-winning veteran of newspaper journalism who owns Write for You! LLC, a freelance writing and editing business. Jo Ellen is a regular contributor to Indiana Gardening, and until recently, was editor of Iowa Gardener, Michigan Gardening, Minnesota Gardener and Wisconsin Gardening magazines. She’s editor of On the QT, the newsletter of GardenComm: Garden Communicators International (formerly GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators). She has been writing a weekly gardening column for The Indianapolis Star since 1989. She blogs for several corporations and is a frequent guest on television, radio and web broadcasts. An Advanced Master Gardener, she is a garden coach and has an all-season container planting business. For nearly 20 years, she has worked at a large, independent garden center in Indianapolis. A popular, speaker, she’s co-author of the Indiana Gardener’s Guide, author of The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens, and contributor to Oxford Companion to the Garden and Phaidon’s The Gardener’s Garden. Jo Ellen is vice president of GardenComm; a director of the Horticultural Society at Newfields (formerly Indianapolis Museum of Art); member of Indiana Landmarks Cultural Landscapes Committee; and member of, where she has more than 30 five-star rated reviews.

Succulent Artistry    Learn how to grow various succulents and plant them creatively.

Artful Veggies in Containers   Taught by a masterful vegetable gardener, learn what veggies will grow and how in various containers

Nature’s Cast Offs   Watch a demonstration on how to use nature’s cast offs to make an artful concrete creation to embellish your garden. 

Kokedama    Discover how to make a distinctive garden container, a Japanese art form using moss balls.