C. Colston Burrell is a garden designer, photographer, naturalist and award winning writer. He is author of several books, including Hellebores: A Comprehensive Guide (winner of the 2007 AHS Book Award), Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants, Rodales Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials, revised in 2004, Perennials for Todays Gardens, Perennial Combinations, (a Garden Book Club best selling title) and A Gardeners Encyclopedia of Wildflowers (winner of the 1997 AHS Book Award). Cole serves as contributing editor to Horticulture magazine. He lectures internationally on topics of design, plants and ecology. He has undergraduate degrees in Botany and Horticulture, an M.S. in Horticulture and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia."