Giving to our community, I serve on the board of The Friends of the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden and the advisory committee of the Walnut Grove and Flint Cemeteries. Additionally, I've been on the board for the Friends of Metro Parks, the Kelton House advisory committee and was the honorary president of the Herb Society of America.
Teaching & Speaking
"Garden designer, lecturer, teacher and writer" describe my work. Located in central Ohio, I give horticulture-related talks at professional and non-profit organizations, garden clubs, book fairs and libraries and have taught college classes on horticulture and garden design for 24 years. I am a frequent guest speaker on WOSU's Allsides with Ann Fisher.
I've been a garden designer since 1994 shaping public and private spaces. In the spring of 2017, I led a team of amazing people to transform a waterlogged park into a constructed wetland thereby controlling storm water and bringing wildlife back to the park. I've posted a video about the project in the Design section.
I have co-authored six books on plants and garden design, am a contributing writer to Edible Columbus, share a blog on Midwest gardening, and have created numerous materials for courses and lectures. I edit content for books and catalogs and have a particular interest in plant nomenclature and taxonomy.
Horticulture and teaching is my third career. I have a Masters in Horticulture, a Masters in Speech / Language Pathology, and Bachelors in Speech and Hearing Science with a minor in Vocal Music Performance from The Ohio State University. There are just so many choices when it comes to deciding what you are going to do “for the rest of your life.” And, like many others, I’ve taken my time finding my path.
When my youngest child was in kindergarten, I turned my gardening avocation into my next career, completing a masters in Horticulture. I had been intuitively gardening for years, and I wanted to know why things happened the way they did.
My eclectic garden consists of 26 different garden areas: a little bit of this and a little bit of that—all over. There is something growing, blooming or budding during most of the year. I love to experiment, and soon most of the grass on our 2/3 of an acre will be skinny pathways leading from one garden to the next.
I inform, share, learn and entertain about subjects integral to my life. Speaking at venues throughout North America, my talks cover a wide range of topics. Here are a few.
The books are available for purchase online or at your favorite book seller.
Michael Leach, Teresa Woodard and I were in Indianapolis in 2011 attending a GWA-The Association of Garden Communicators- conference. After a garden writers workshop we went out to dinner. Not an easy thing to do in a city where three other conferences were also in session. Over the second bottle of wine, while waiting for our table, we decided to create a blog together. We not only launched the blog Heartland Gardening, but developed deep friendships.A few of our posts:
When designing, I consider the site characteristics and work with them to create a sustainable design.
Lets get in touch. Send me a message.