Sean Hogan of Cistus Design Nursery fame specialises in growing regionally appropriate plants and is known for his advocacy of unusual and underused plants.
A large part of Sean’s early career work included mapping rare and endangered plants for the State of California as well as landscape and design work, often revolving around his love of western natives. For a decade from the mid-80s, Sean worked as the curator of South African, New Zealand, Australian, New World Desert and California Native Cultivar Gardens of the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden.
In 1995, he and his partner, UC Davis Arboretum Botanist Parker Sanderson, opened Cistus Nursery, located on Sauvie Island in the Columbia River west of Portland. Cistus Nursery is highly regarded as one of the best West Coast retail nurseries and renown worldwide for its collection of rare plants.
Sean continues to consult, design gardens and lecture extensively in North America and Europe in addition to his ongoing explorations of South America, South Africa and the western regions of the United States and northern Mexico. His writing and photos can be found in an extremely wide range of horticultural and botanical literature. He was the consulting editor of the 20,000-plus entry FLORA: A Gardener’s Encyclopedia, published in 2003 and published Trees for all Seasons in 2008, both by Timber Press.
This is his first visit to Australia! Let’s make him feel welcome.