About the Photographers...

Dr. Robert E. Lyons

Dr. Robert Lyons is presently the Program Director for the Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture and Professor of Landscape Horticulture at the University of Delaware. He has taught courses in herbaceous plant materials, their diversity, and use in the landscape while on the faculty of Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University, and the University of Delaware. He co-founded and became the first Director of the Virginia Tech Horticulture Gardens during his tenure from 1981 – 1998. In 1999, he became Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State where he remained through 2004. He assumed his present position at the University of Delaware in association with Longwood Gardens in 2005 in a Program that trains graduate students to enter leadership positions at botanical gardens, arboreta, and other institutions within the field of public horticulture.


His numerous awards include:

- Fellow in the American Society for Horticultural Science
- Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota
- Wine Award for undergraduate teaching at Virginia Tech
- Chadwick Award from the American Nursery and Landscape Association
- Outstanding Educator Award from the American Society for Horticultural Science

He has been a photographer for over 30 years and has published widely in homeowner, commercial, and educational publications (print and electronic); he has exhibited and lectured nationally about horticultural photography, and has received awards from the Garden Writers Association of America for both his photography and writings.

Dr. Edward F. Gilman

Dr. Edward Gilman received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1980 in forest plant pathology. He has been on the faculty at the University of Florida in Gainesville since 1986 as professor in the Environmental Horticulture Department.
Dr. Gilman conducts research and educational programs in tree selection, urban design, nursery production, and urban tree management nation-wide for arborists, landscape architects, plant growers, and contractors. He serves the landscape industry and allied professions through an applied research and education program. His research emphasizes the effects of nursery production method on tree quality, tree establishment rate, water requirements after transplanting, and tree pruning and stability. He has published more than 200 technical articles in journals and trade magazines and annually presents research results to colleagues at professional meetings. He is the author of six books and many horticultural CD-ROMs and enjoys life in Gainesville, Florida, where he and his wife Betsy raised their two children.

His numerous awards include:

- Three awards from the American Society for Horticultural Science for his extension education programs and books,
- Two from the Florida Nursery and Growers Association for his contribution to the growers including 2003 Educator of the year,
- Two from the Florida urban forestry council for his educational efforts in urban forestry and arboriculture,
- The Authors Citation Award in 1999, and
- The Educators award in 2003, and
- The Richard Harris Researcher Award in 2007 from the International Society of Arboriculture
- The Gunlogson Award in 2001 from the American Horticultural Society for development of electronic based horticulture information.

In addition to teaching throughout the US since 1978, Dr. Gilman has taught in seven countries. He has assembled a unique urban tree teaching program for helping municipalities, contractors, arborists, educators, landscapers, and others design and implement programs for promoting better tree health in cities.

Francie Schroeder

Francie Schroeder is an owner of Eastwood Nurseries in Virginia and has been growing Japanese Maples since 1987. She is an active member of the Maples Society and contract photographer for the Smithsonian Horticultural Serves.  

Ralph E. Graham

Ralph E. Graham, a master gardener since 2004, also founded Graham Landscape Design during that year. and has provided products and services for home, businesses, and public properties serving Tullahoma and surrounding communities.

Beginning in 1976, he has continuously improved the landscape in his 2 acre lakeside lot in Tullahoma, TN, creating shade and sun garden designs and an English Cottage garden bounded by the house and deck, facing the lake.

He uses digital photography to generate a library of plant materials that are locally grown and available in area nurseries. These images are then used combined with HORTICOPIA®images to create photo-realistic landscape scenes of landscape designs. Scaled computer drawings of the properties and recommended changes in hardscaping and garden bed designs are provided to his clients. These drawings describe recommended plant locations in mature size.

- Chairman of the Tullahoma Tree Board
- Master’s degree in Aeronautics California Institute of Technology 1964
- Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering Mississippi State Univ. 1961

Anne Muecke 

Anne is an avid photographer and one of Horticopia's founders.