I'm inspired by nature. I always have been. Since childhood I have been awe struck by its beauty and intrigue.
Some of my first memories with nature involved taking nature walks with family in Northern Wisconsin and watching otters swim like dolphins along the canoe as we paddled.
As an young adult, I worked in an orthodontic office. In the warm months it would practically kill me to be inside all day. I knew I needed to make a change and go where my heart longed to be...outside!!!
In 2004, I contacted a landscape designer to help with the overwhelming task of designing a landscape plan for the empty 1 acre lot my newly built house sat on. Through the process, I became fascinated and amazed by the transformation that was happening. I knew then what my calling was. I wanted that man's job! There was an opening for a landscape designer with the company the man worked for so I applied. I was quickly shot down since I had absolutely no experience. So... I did what any sensible person would do. I went back to school and got a horticulture degree. Then, I went back and applied for the same job I had been rejected for a couple years prior. I was hired! I think they thought they had to at least give me a try since it was obvious I was pretty motivated. And so it was. The seed (pun intended) that was planted grew.
My passion for plants and people has grown more and more over the years. I suck up as much knowledge and as many experiences that my brain and heart can handle. I am most happy when I am absorbing the beauty of it all and when I can share it with others.
“I like gardening- it’s a place where I find myself when I want to lose myself.” Alice Sebold
“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body but the soul.” Alfred Austin
“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” Zen Shin