Our Staff

Dave Whitinger, Executive Director (@dave)

Dave was raised by a family of gardeners in a rural area, and his love for nature led him to a career in serving gardeners online. Since the mid 90s, he has been a leader in the online world of educational and social media resources, having founded and operated a number of large and successful websites.

In addition to serving as Executive Director of NGA, Dave is also the software developer responsible for the continued development of Garden.org. When he's not programming or spending time with his friends at Garden.org, he can be found interacting with other corporate and non-profit members of the gardening industry.

Trish Whitinger, Chief Operating Officer (@Trish)

For more than 20 years Trish has operated behind-the-scenes to keep websites growing and successful. She manages the day to day operations of NGA, providing vision, focus and direction, interfacing with the community and business partners, and making sure that the things that need to get done are handled by the right people at the right time. When something needs to get done, she makes it happen. When she is not helping run NGA, she is homeschooling her 8 children and helping tend her extensive and beautiful gardens.

Jon Whitinger, Content Manager (@jon)

Jon has been involved with Garden.org since 2011. He maintains an extensive collection of daylilies and has produced a number of interesting new varieties through his hybridization efforts. He is well known locally as a qualified gardener and is knowledgeable in many areas of horticulture. His interest in photography takes him to gardens around the state of Texas where he photographs plants for our Plants Database.

At Garden.org, Jon is responsible for much of the content our visitors enjoy on a daily basis. He produces our inspirational images, oversees our articles, ensures the content on the site is categorized appropriately and is accessible to gardeners. He is also a member of the Plants Admins team, and helps oversee the accuracy and growth of our Plants Database.

"Zuzu", Plants Database Administrator (@zuzu)

Zuzu, a recently retired translator and professor of comparative literature, is happy to finally have enough time to tend her flower beds properly. She has been gardening for decades and developed a passion for roses more than 30 years ago, gradually accumulating about 2,000 rose bushes, including almost 1,700 different cultivars. She also grows many other flowering plants and would grow foliage plants and edibles if she had the space for them. She is a relentless zone pusher, growing tender tropicals and rugged alpine plants with some success.

Sue Brown, Plants Database Administrator (@Calif_Sue)

Suzanne (Sue) Brown inherited her love of gardening from her mother, who acquired it from her own mother back in Germany. She amassed a collection of various plants that she grew on a small city lot until she and her husband retired in 2011 to northern California. where they now garden on 1/2 acre along with their two small dogs and five chickens. Her two children live nearby, along with their spouses and Sue's three grandchildren.

In the past she was an avid daylily grower, active in the American Hemerocallis Society, serving as regional treasurer for the West Coast and as the procurement chair for her local daylily club. She has now expanded her interests to other plants and grows a wide variety of roses, daylilies, irises, and other perennials and shrubs, continuing her learning process as she develops her garden. Her other hobbies include photography, sewing/quilting, and eliminating the dreaded gophers from her garden.

Kent Pfeiffer, Plants Database Administrator (@KentPfeiffer)

Kent is a biologist who has devoted his career to the conservation of endangered species. He currently lives in southeast Nebraska where he works with private landowners to improve the management of their native prairies and oak woodlands. He is also trying to pass on the love of gardening, learned at the feet of his mom and dad, to his own two children.

Evan Layne, Plants Database Administrator (@eclayne)

Evan is a Massachusetts gardener who is most interested in interesting plants like oxalis, elephant ears, calla lililes and irises. He has a firm grasp of the data architecture of our database and frequently assists in expanding the custom data fields for the various kinds of plants.

Rob Duval, Plants Database Administrator (@robertduval14)

Rob Duval was born and raised in rural southern New Hampshire and still lives there. He is a professional landscaper (15+ years) and has been working on his own garden for about 10 years. He has three children, two stepchildren, and one grandchild. He enjoys trying to find new ways to squeeze one more plant into his flower beds and is always looking for different varieties of veggies to try each year.

Joshua White, Plants Database Administrator (@Australis)

Joshua grew up in rural Victoria, Australia, and moved to Melbourne to become an electrical and computer systems engineer. Both Joshua and his wife enjoy gardening in their spare time. He is primarily interested in Liliums and Cymbidium Orchids and enjoys combining his various interests in assisting with the database.

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