Dave Goulson is a conservation biologist and entomologist who teaches at Sussex University in England. In 2006 he founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, a charity devoted to reversing bumblebee declines.

Ann Lovejoy is one of America's best known and widely respected gardening gurus. Author of more than 20 books, she has been called the Mother Theresa of organic gardening and in 1996 was awarded the American Horticultural Society’s Horticultural Writing Award for excellence in writing and significant contribution to horticulture.

Her book A Year in Bloom:  Gardening for all Seasons is a collection of inspirational essays, four for each season, which offer musings, plant choices and gardening tips for PNW gardeners.  Ann chronicles her gardening and cooking at her home on Bainbridge Island at her blog - 

Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden (2010), is his collection of beautifully descriptive poems and prose that weave gardening into the fabric of life.   Insects of South Corvallis (2003), bursts with PNW flavored stories of spiders, sow bugs, aphids, and other insects and their relationships to gardening and life, with his love of nature always a backdrop.

Charles Goodrich has worked for twenty-five years as a professional gardener to support his poetry habit.  Most of his poems are inspired by his gardening habit, fascination with insects and life experiences.

A Sting in the Tale (2013), is his fascinating book about a lifetime obsession with bumblebees and their remarkable biology and behavior.   A Buzz in the Meadow (2015), is a conservationist’s deeply personal and engaging reflection on owning and revitalizing a farm in rural France, which concentrates on the abundance of insects and the ways he attempts to attract and provide homes for them.

OIGC Book Recommendations from 2015-2017 President