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Sean B. Hogan started in the nursery industry at the age of 3, rooting boxwood cuttings and succulents in the sandbox of his Portland, Oregon boyhood home. His family later moved to Sacramento where he pursued his education at American River College and Sacramento State in the areas of horticulture and botany. Early work included mapping rare and endangered plants, mostly Cactaceae and Portulacaceae, for the State of California as well as landscape and design work, often revolving around his love of western natives. From the mid-80's to the mid-90s, Hogan served as the curator of the South African, New Zealand, Australian, New World Desert and the California Native Cultivar Gardens of the University of California, Berkeley, Botanic Garden. In 1995, he and his partner, University of California Davis Arboretum Botanist Parker Sanderson, returned to Hogan's native Portland to start a design and consultation firm specializing in regionally appropriate plants for the Pacific Northwest. This work eventually evolved into their opening of Cistus Nursery, located on Sauvie Island in the Columbia River outside Portland, widely held to be among best of the west coast retail-micronurseries. Hogan has lectured extensively in North American and Europe, often about his 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 and magazines. He edited the 20,000 plus entry Flora, published by Timber Press in October 2003 and published Trees for All Seasons with Timber Press in 2008.
I am a sucker for tree books, so I cannot resist Sean Hogan's Trees for All Seasons. ... 'Most people, including knowledgeable gardeners, equate evergreens with conifers - and Christmas trees - rather than broadleaved plants,' says Hogan. He aims to correct that with this guide to more than 300 small choice trees. -- Steve Whysall Vancouver Sun 20090103 Sean Hogan ... is brought to long-overdue British attention by this publication. ... Introduces us to a swathe of underused plants that, in a climate-change world, will become increasingly important. -- Helen Yemm Daily Telegraph (London) 20090122 Whether you still have room to plant a tree and need a reliable guide, or if you just like deepening your knowledge of trees, this book will inform, reward and entertain. -- Jim Gersbach Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Bulletin 20090401 At last here is a book that will help gardeners of all abilities to choose a broadleaved evergreen that will be much more than background plant. -- Tony Kirkham Gardens Illustrated 20090301 If global warming is inevitable, as it seems, this book may provide the proverbial silver lining for cool-climate gardeners. -- Jim Waddick American Gardener 20090501 The strength of this volume lies in the inclusion of many relatively unknown species of horticultural interest. This information could be extremely useful in the quest to grow plants that are ecologically appropriate for an area. -- Nancy Cannon Booklist 20090315 Timber Press and Sean are to be congratulated for producing another handsome, engaging, and beautifully photographed book for our garden libraries. -- Ted Kipping Pacific Horticulture 20090401 This book could qualify as a coffee-table book; the layout and the photographs are lush enough. But there is a lot of information there. I know, because I have just read every word. -- Jim Dronenburg Washington Gardener 20090817