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I'm a botanist, gardener, naturalist, writer and speaker interested in plants, nature, gardens, conservation, and restoration in natural and created landscapes.  I do a variety of presentations, classes, and workshops on topics from Native Plants for Pollinators to Creating a Woodland Garden to Year-Round Vegetable Gardening.


My background and expertise includes gardening with natives, wildlife gardening, ecological design, kitchen gardening, habitat restoration, and gardening for pollinators.


After teaching about plants, gardening, and nature for over 30 years as a professor and botanical garden educator, I enjoy continuing to encourage others through classes, coaching, consultations, and presentations and am glad to do programs nearby on a volunteer basis.


I served as Director of Education at the South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University for over 20 years, where I was responsible for education programs and classes for adults and children, garden interpretation, and school programs.


My blog, Natural Gardening, includes reflections about gardening for nature, natural history observations, and the fun (and challenges) of gardening in the Carolinas, as well as natural history travel observations around the world.  Links to my latest posts appear under the Natural Gardening tab.  My recently added companion blog, Places of the Spirit, reflects traveling experiences, being in special places, and the adventures associated with now spending part of the year in eastern Quebec, in the Northern Appalachians.

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