I grew up in rural America where growing things was a part of every day life. All sorts of annuals, perennials and yummy things to eat were coaxed out of the Earth. The lovely blooms and things to eat were mixed in with a variety of trees, shrubs and viney things that shaped the gardens that made an impression on me. Growing up, my grandmother lived just down the street in a large two-story white frame house with a huge yard. Her combined flower and vegetable beds made zig-zagged swaths of color across her lawn. In the springtime those beds exploded with the color of spring ephemerals growing right alongside the newly sprouted lettuces and onions. In the summer, there were the most amazing yellow, blue-violet and peach colored Iris, huge white Dahlias and masses of tall Zinnias all growing along side tomatoes, squashes and cabbages. It was a kaleidoscope! Of course, there were always weeds to pull and things to harvest....work to be done. The "work" got done but was not nearly as much fun as lying on the ground gazing up through the colorful flower heads waving atop their long green stems.
My grandmother taught me how to harvest seed, divide the rhizomes and tubers of those colorful Iris and Dahlias and to appreciate the difference between deciduous and coniferous trees and shrubs; how they complemented each other and the flowering plants growing around them. I was certain I was destined for a career that somehow involved plants but…life and distractions happen.
I spent over 2 decades as a Human Resource professional, a career that was fulfilling in its own way but was far from my grandmother's kaleidoscope of floral color. During those decades, I always found time to design and plant gardens and to fill my and my friends homes with floral arrangements that celebrated marriages, births, sickness & health. No surprise when the local community college began offering non-credit then credit courses in horticulture, I was there!! Somehow it was easy to fit in dozens of classes in plant, soil science & ID, entomology, biology, botony, floral and landscape design. Those classes helped me appreciate my grandmother's philosophy on gardening; she recycled everything allowing the Earth to reclaim the garden debris so it could nourish the next generation fo plants. Sustainable land management and design practices have become an integral part of how I approach floral and landscape design.
I retired from the HR world in December 2013. Since then, I have slowly put together a business format that incorporates my love of plants, my ability to design the unexpected and the joy I get from helping others discover and enjoy the kaleidoscopes of delicious color that exist in Nature.