Guy Sternberg

Guy SternbergGuy Sternberg is a certified arborist and a retired landscape architect. He served on the staff of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for 32 years and currently is the owner and manager of Starhill Forest Arboretum which holds one of the most extensive oak genus (Quercus) living reference collections in North America.

Guy works with the National Famous and Historic Tree Program to promote awareness and appreciation of special historic trees and was the tree consultant and propagator for a special tree nursery serving Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, the setting of President Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb. He is the principal author of the reference books Landscaping with Native Trees and Native Trees for North American Landscapes.

Guy has also provided articles and photographs for numerous periodicals including American Nurseryman, Arborist News, American Gardener, Landscape Architecture, Fine Gardening, Country Woman and Old House Journal. He has been a contributor for several volumes in Houghton Mifflin’s Taylor’s Garden Encyclopedia series.

Guy is a tree consultant, writer, lecturer and photographer. He and Edie have propagated and grown thousands of species of trees, both native and non-native, at Starhill Forest. He was the first president of the International Oak Society and is a life member of the International Dendrology Society, International Society of Arboriculture and American Forests.

Edie Sternberg

Edie SternbergEdie Sternberg is the engine, brakes and throttle behind the scenes. She manages the accounts, coordinates with the developing Arboretum Friends group, handles exotic species control, and works with the herbs, dunes gardens, and other herbaceous plant areas. Edie has a degree in zoology and is the resident wildlife consultant. She also coordinates involvement with many charitable organizations and serves on the boards of several of them as well as with local agencies such as the County Board of Health, Tourism Commission, Planning Commission, and Menard Trails and Greenways.

For almost 30 years Edie lived in a parallel universe where she served as chief of health promotion and chronic diseases for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Her business travels took her throughout Illinois and the nation, and she never left home without a “hit list” of seed or photo requests being thrust into her hand. Some of the young trees and other photos you see on this website resulted from her success in meeting those challenges.

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