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It is with great pleasure that we announce the Keynote Speakers for Back to Green 2017.

Amy Wagenfeld
Daniel Winterbottom
Sophie Thomson

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Keynote Speakers

Amy Wagenfeld

Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA is a Fellow of the American Occupational
Therapy Association, holds specialty certification in environmental modifications
through the American Occupational Therapy Association, and certification in
Healthcare Garden Design through the Chicago Botanical Garden.
Her work focuses on design, programming, and evaluation of outdoor environments
that support physical and emotional rehabilitation and learning. She holds faculty
positions in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University
and Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, is
Director, Research and Programming for Memory Trees Foundation, and is Principal
of design consultation.

Amy presents and publishes on topics relating interprofessional design and access to
nature. Recent projects include co-designing three memory care gardens,
participating as a team member that developed evidence based design guidelines for
site design for Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Naval Military Center, a
sensory garden individuals with autism, a serenity garden at Wekiwa State Park, and
serving on the design team for two American Society of Landscape Architecture
award-winning therapeutic gardens.

She is co-author, with Daniel Winterbottom, of the award-winning book, Therapeutic
Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces published by Timber Press in 2015.

Daniel Winterbottom

Daniel Winterbottom, RLA, FASLA, is a landscape architect with a Master of
Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor
of Fine Arts from Tufts University.

Daniel is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, USA.
He has developed several programs for his students including the participatory
design design/build program where with his students he works with communities to
design and build projects that address the social and ecological concerns of the
community. He has completed projects in Seattle, New York City, Bedford Hills New
York, Mexico, Guatemala, Bosnia/Herzegovina and Croatia. In 2006 he developed the
Healing Garden Certificate program at the University of Washington.

Daniel is co-author, with Amy Wagenfeld, of the award-winning book, Therapeutic
Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces published by Timber Press in 2015.

Sophie Thomson

Sophie Thomson lights up the screen as ABC television's Gardening Australia South
Australian presenter, where her enthusiasm for gardening inspires people of all ages.
She is also a popular newspaper columnist, national public speaker, TEDx presenter,
author of three gardening books, broadcaster and horticulturalist.

Sophie is known for her environmental outlook, infectious enthusiasm, vitality and
love of sustainable gardening. She describes herself as an "obsessive-compulsive
gardener” who, were it not for the demands of her career and family, would spend
every day in the garden.

She is passionate about the role gardening can play in people's lives as a stress
reliever. With more people claiming to feel stressed in their daily lives, let alone
having to deal with the challenges faced when experiencing natural disasters such as
flood or fires, she is convinced that gardening has a vital role to play in individual and
community health, which is being backed up by research and engagement

She is an advocate for the worldwide Nature Play movement, which helps kids
develop a lifelong connection with nature, and strongly believes in creating green
backyards and green open spaces where kids can play freely, reducing their screen
time in favour of green time.


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