Ernie Wasson

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Ernie Wasson
Wasson with Salvia confertiflora, 2005
Ernie George Wasson

(1950-01-10) January 10, 1950 (age 68)
Alma materHumboldt State University
Occupationgardener, horticulturist, author

Ernie George Wasson (born January 10, 1950 in Berkeley, California) is an American gardener, horticulturist and author.

Wasson studied from 1968 to 1974 at Humboldt State University, where he graduated as a Bachelor of Science in Geography in 1974. From 1978 to 1981, Wasson was a partner in the Northwoods Nursery in Arcata, California, and from 1979 to 1981, he was a horticultural instructor at the College of the Redwoods. He graduated from the Longwood Graduate Program in Ornamental Horticulture and Public Garden Management in the University of Delaware as a Master of Science.

From 1985 to 1990 he was the Superintendent of the Green Animals Topiary Gardens in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Wasson worked as a California Certified Nursery Professional for the Berkeley Horticultural Nursery from 1991 to 1998. He was the American Co- Chief Editor for the North American edition of the 1997 botany publication Botanica. Wasson also wrote an internet column entitled "All Plants Considered" from 1997 to 2000. From 1998 to 2015, he was the curator and nursery manager of a teaching garden at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California.[1][2] Ernie now resides in Siskiyou County where he is the horticulturalist for the Dunsmuir Botanic Garden and also serves on the board of the Siskiyou Arts Museum.[3]

His professional interests include bold foliage plants, Dogwood, culinary ethnobotany, horticulture reference books, fall color, native plants, Nature Printing Society, Podophyllum, pruning, salvias, sassafras, and vegetables.[4]


  • Original Australian publication of 1997: Gordon Cheers (ed.): "Botanica. The Illustrated A-Z of over 10,000 Garden Plants and How to Cultivate Them". Random House Australia, Sydney (Australia) 1997, ISBN 0-09-183806-1
  • Trees & shrubs: illustrated A-Z of over 8500 plants. Global Book Pub., Willoughby, New South Wales, Australia 2001, ISBN 978-1-74048-007-9
  • Republication with different title: The complete encyclopedia of trees and shrubs. Thunder Bay Press, San Diego, California 2003, ISBN 978-1-59223-055-6
  • Richard G. Turner Jr., Ernie Wasson (Chief Editors): Botanica, The Illustrated A-Z of over 10,000 Garden Plants and How to Cultivate Them, Random House Australia, 1997[5][6]


  1. ^ Course information[dead link]
  2. ^ Ernie Wasson on LinkedIn
  3. ^ Ernie Wasson
  4. ^ Interview Ernie Wasson, in: Wikimedium 2010/01.
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  6. ^ Schmid, Rudolf (1998). "Reviewed work: Botanica: The Illustrated A--Z of over 10,000 Garden Plants and How to Cultivate Them, R. G. Turner, Jr., Ernie Wasson". Taxon. 47 (1): 221–222. JSTOR 1224071.
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