Wild Ones Honorary Directors

Wild Ones' primary goals as an organization are to advocate for native plants, restoration of precious ecosystems, and environmental education. We do this by influencing others through networking, educational programs, chapter activities and other events. But we do not wish to presuppose that we are the only people with these goals and the ability to influence. With that in mind, we feel it is important to recognize people who have contributed greatly to our cause either through their personal contributions in healing the Earth or through their personal contributions toward advocating for Wild Ones. One way we can recognize these people is to award them the title of Honorary Director.

Lorrie Otto

As a lifetime honorary director, Lorrie Otto, naturalist and Wild Ones inspirational leader, a pioneer in the natural landscaping movement in the United States, continues to serve the community by teaching, lecturing, acting as witness and advisor in legal matters, and communicating through TV, radio and publications. She has received numerous awards for her efforts. Lorrie has planted the seeds of natural landscaping in the hearts of thousands. These, in turn, have left a legacy to future generations by returning their own patches of the biosphere to nature.

Darrell Morrison

An honorary director since 1996, Darrell Morrison, Landscape Architect and Professor Emeritus in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia, has shown that naturally-evolving landscapes and designed-and-managed landscapes can both be ecologically-sound and experientially rich. Darrell is a specialist in creating gardens for aesthetic and educational purposes, using native flora to draw people into his created plant communities so they might appreciate the beauty of native, wild-type landscapes and to perpetuate a "sense of place." He is the recipient of the numerous awards and holds an MA in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin.

Guy Sternberg

Guy Sternberg, adjunct professor of biology at Illinois College, arborist, landscape architect, writer, and photographer, owns Starhill Forest Arboretum in Petersburg, Illinois. He has authored and co-authored a number of books including Landscaping with Native Trees, Native Trees for North American Landscapes, From the Atlantic to the Rockies, and several of the Taylor’s Garden Guides. He was the first president of the International Oak Society and a member of many other organizations related to forests. A frequent lecturer for horticultural and natural resource organizations, Guy has provided many magazine articles and photographs for many publications.

Lorraine Johnson

Gardening and environmental author Lorraine Johnson has given us such books as Grow Wild! Low Maintenance, Sure Success, Distinctive Gardening With Native Plants and Green Future: How To Make A World Of Difference. She has a regular column and has contributed to numerous programs on radio and television. Lorraine, who lives in Toronto with photographer Andrew Leyerle, is a director of the Canadian Wildflower Society.

Bonnie L. Harper-Lore

Bonnie L. Harper-Lore, Landscape Architect and Restoration Ecologist for the Federal Highway Administration, serves as the Native Wildflower/Grass Program Manager, and Vegetation Management Technical Resource for all State DOTs. She is editor of Greener Roadsides, a quarterly publication focusing on noxious weeds, native plants, vegetation management, public policy, and more. Bonnie is also credited as the editor of the books Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants, Roadside Use of Native Plants, and Roadside Weed Management.

Douglas W. Tallamy

Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, Douglas W Tallamy is author of Bringing Nature Home as well as more than 65 research articles. He has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other subjects. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. In his free time Doug enjoys photography (particularly of insects and birds), hiking and backpacking with his wife in remote places, swimming and canoeing, and teaching young people about the importance of the life forms around them.

Neil Diboll

Naturalist Neil Diboll, President of Prairie Nursery in Westfield, Wisconsin is a pioneer in the native plant industry and recognized internationally as an expert in native community ecology. On both professional and personal levels, Neil has dedicated his life to the propagation of native plants and their promotion in the green industry as beautiful, low maintenance alternatives. His love of wild places and their floral players is contagious, especially if you have had the opportunity to witness one of his unique lectures or broadcasts. 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.