I'm a plant ecologist by background (PhD in Botany), a gardener and naturalist by avocation, and a lifelong teacher.
I love to encourage folks to connect with the natural world through learning about plants, animals, nature and gardening.
Follow my blog, attend a presentation or class, or contact me for a landscape consultation (if you live in Western North Carolina) on a non-profit basis.
I do presentations and teach classes on a variety of topics ranging from gardening for nature to 4-season vegetable gardening.
I'm always glad to share thoughts, ideas, and encouragement.
Send me a message via the contact link, or email me directly at .
Gardening for Nature
Gardening with Native Plants
Creating a Native Pocket Meadow
Creating a Naturalistic Garden
How to Create a Native Woodland Garden
Native Plants for Pollinators
Innovative Ideas from International Gardens
Designing with Native Plants
Revisioning your Home Landscape
Year-round Vegetable Gardening
Tapping into the Creative Side of Gardening
I offer landscape consultations, informal design services, and garden coaching on a non-profit basis to individuals and organizations to benefit regional botanical gardens, natural areas, and land trusts in Western North Carolina. My focus is natural garden design, use of natives in landscape, and edible landscapes.
I do a 2 hour in-site visit, with pre-and post-visit discussion and summary for a $125 contribution to a local or regional non-profit.
Tuesday, April 13, 10-11 am. Warm-season Vegetable Gardening. Transylvania County Master Gardener (via Zoom). Free. Pre-registration required.
Tuesday, April 15, 7 pm. Creating Small-scale Gardens and Containers with Native Plants. Southern Appalachian Plant Society, Johnson City, TN (via Zoom), Free. Pre-registration required.
Tuesday, April 20, 1:30-3 p.m. Year-round Vegetable Gardening. NC Arboretum (via Zoom). Pre-registration required.
Saturday, April 24, 10-11 am. Warm-season Vegetable Gardening. Reems Creek Nursery (via Zoom). Free. Pre-registration required.
Wednesdays, May 12 and 19. 1:30-3 p.m. (Re)visioning your Home Landscape. NC Arboretum (via Zoom). Pre-registration required.
Two recent programs were recorded via Zoom and are available for free viewing.
Creating a pollinator-friendly garden for Pollination Celebration in Asheville (sponsored by Asheville Greenworks/Bee City Asheville.
Creating a Pocket Meadow for Reems Creek Nursery can be accessed through this link