Speaker Profiles

Bonnie Blodgett

Bonnie Blodgett, who calls herself The Blundering Gardener, is a St. Paul-based writer, gardener, and do-it-yourselfer. She is the author of a popular newsletter, The Garden Letter, as well as the 2010 book Remembering Smell: a Memoir of Losing—and Discovering—the Primal Sense.

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C. Colston Burrell

C. Colston Burrell is a garden designer, award-winning author, photographer, naturalist, and teacher. Colston holds two master's degrees: one in horticulture and one in landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota. He is a lecturer in the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia and principal of Native Landscape Design and Restoration. He is the author of many garden books and has twice won the American Horticulture Society book award—in 2007 for Hellebores: A Comprehensive Guide and in 1998 for A Gardener's Encyclopedia of Wildflowers. He is a contributing editor for Horticulture and frequently writes for Landscape Architecture and American Gardener.

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Creative Kidstuff

Since 1982, parents, teachers, daycare providers, and kids have been thrilled with our hands-on, DO-touch award-winning toy stores. Creative Kidstuff has won dozens of "Best Toy Store" awards, and has been nominated by the Toy Industry Association as one of the top specialty toy stores in the United States.

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Nancy Clarke

As the former chief floral designer at the White House, Nancy Clarke created thousands of beautiful decorations and floral designs for six American presidents, their families, and the world's foremost dignitaries. Nancy will offer a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse into select inner workings of the White House, sharing personal and professional anecdotes. Her talk will include insights into the distinctive styles of six First Ladies, and examples of classic White House décor appropriate throughout the year.

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Bob Hampton

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Bob Hampton AIFD, AAF, PFCI, is currently a freelance designer in the field of product design and development. He was the owner of Hampton Designs, Inc. for twenty years, a unique floral and interior design firm. Throughout the United States and Asia, Bob is billed as a designer and speaker on floral design, merchandising, and design trends. His work has appeared in Southern Living, Southern Accents, Veranda, Florist Review, Floral Management, PFD, and Flowers&.

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