Publishing Team

Publishing

Editorial Contributors

Peter Philips

Publisher

Having spent the last two decades as Co-Founder and President of Philips Publishing Group, I ran a full-time staff of 14 that published three of our own titles, and launched and published more than 20 magazines under contract to clients ranging from

associations, to ferry companies, to suburban cities. I’ve closed Philips and have reincorporated as Colibri Northwest with the intent to publish Colibri Magazine. We plan a January 2022 launch ahead of the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival to 5,000-10,000 Northwest homeowners who fit the target demographic described on page two.

We invite you to join our efforts to bring local gardeners into nurseries and backyard cooks into the outdoor furniture and grill stores, and all of the above to our local bookstores, restaurants and hotels as they appreciate the beauty and sensory pleasure of the Pacific Northwest.

Crystal Alaniz

Chief Operations Officer

Crystal has been in the publishing field for more than 20 years. She got her professional start working for the Greenhouse, a high-end kitchen and furniture store in Bellingham, then joined Salmon Bay Communications as part of the team that

developed the Northwest Flower & Garden Show and San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. Crystal joined Philips Publishing Group in 2011 where she rose to the title of CFO. Crystal followed Peter Philips to Colibri Northwest in 2020 and currently serves as COO.

Julie Applegate

Sales Director

Julie has been in the publishing field since 1987. She began her career in print sales at the Puget Sound Business Journal and moved to the Master Builders Association where she was responsible for print and sponsorship sales. Julie joined

Philips Publishing Group in 2014 where she handled sales duties for four regional and tourism publications as sales director before following Peter Philips to Colibri Northwest.

Jason Becker

Designer

Jason’s career as a graphic designer measures more than 20 years. Specializing in magazine production and print design for business, he joined Philips Publishing Group in 2017 and now continues magazine production and design with Colibri Northwest.

When the workday ends, he’ll often be found serving as a volunteer Little League umpire, tending to the backyard veggies and chickens, enjoying the fresh air and scenery of a Northwest hike, or scheming his next travel plans with his family.

Janet Endsley

Editor

Janet was a marketing and PR professional for many years before becoming active in the gardening community. She has served on the Arboretum Foundation Board, and chaired the annual Pacific Northwest Gardens Competition for ten years. She is past president of

 the Northwest Perennial Alliance, produced the NPA Open Gardens Directory for seven years and chaired the 2010 Hardy Plant Study Weekend. She became the Seminar Manager for the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival in 2005. Janet holds a B.A. in Public Communication from the University of Washington. In addition to tending her Mill Creek garden she loves to read, write, bake, and work out. She lives with her husband Mike, whose favorite garden tool is a 7-iron, and Katie, their Golden Retriever.

We invite you to join our efforts to bring local gardeners into nurseries and backyard cooks into the outdoor furniture and grill stores, and all of the above to our local bookstores, restaurants and hotels as they appreciate the beauty and sensory pleasure of the Pacific Northwest.

Nancy Leson

Cooking

Nancy is an award-winning food writer, radio personality and public speaker who learned much of what she knows about food during her first career: waiting tables. Seattle readers know her as the mouth that scored—for the better part of two decades—as

restaurant critic and food columnist for the Seattle Times. These days, when she’s not interviewing food folks for NPR member-station KNKX, you’ll find Nancy teaching cooking classes via PCC and other Seattle area culinary schools and helping end hunger, one loaf at a time, as Edmonds’ neighborhood coordinator for Community Loaves. Get to know Nancy at www.nancyleson.com.

Rosemary McClure

Travel

Journalist Rosemary McClure is a prize-winning writer/editor who has
a sense of humor and a passion for travel. She currently writes a travel column for the Los Angeles Times and is the author of “Yosemite

& Neighboring Parks,” a Frommer guidebook. Her credits include two Travel Writer of the Year awards from the Society of American Travel Writers.

Bill Thorness

Gardening

Bill Thorness is a writer, editor and gardener who’s been working and gardening in Seattle since the mid-1980s. He is the author of two gardening books: Cool Season Gardener: Extend the Harvest, Plan Ahead, and Grow Vegetables Year Round

and Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden (both from Skipstone Press), and “Extend the Harvest,” a streaming class based on his books for Craftsy.com. Bill is a Master Gardener in King County. He is active in many regional garden organizations, and a frequent speaker on edibles at regional nurseries, garden clubs and garden shows.