I taped this quote to my desk when I was 16. There’s something almost sacred about growing. I love getting dirty, the smell of rich soil, the planting, pinching and harvesting. It’s home.
One reason I like plants is because they don’t talk back. Unlike most social occasions, I don’t lie awake in bed agonizing over what I’ve said or done after spending the day in the garden.
In the garden I am a superhero; I can bring a flat of clearance sale geraniums back from the dead. (Unfortunately, I can just as easily forget that I left said flat in the trunk of my car during a heatwave. True story.)
Over the past 20 years I’ve worked as a horticulturist on a 70-acre farm, dabbled in plant biotechnology, earned my masters in Horticulture and run my own herb farm. Growing beautiful, abundant herbs, flowers and vegetables is what inspires me, and gives me connection in this digital age.
Searching for a simpler, slower, more intentional life, my husband and I are Maine transplants. Here I was living the dream, growing herbs and flowers on my small-scale farm. Life was good. Then a couple years ago the baby-bug bit me, and now I’m blessed to be a mid-life Mama to the sweetest little boy ever and savoring every moment of it!
Growing is such a deep-seeded calling of mine, but more than that, I love to share my obsession with other like-minded gardeners. Writing and speaking have been such a stunning surprise to me. As a self-confessed introvert, I never imagined that I would be speaking to hundreds of people at a single event, or a published author. It has been a refreshing adventure. What that started out as me filling in for a last-minute cancellation for my garden club almost 10 years ago, has ballooned into a fulfilling career. The ability to talk about something I’m passionate about, and share with others who also relish getting their hands dirty, has been truly transformative. I’m so inspired by growing—the more I grow, the more I want to talk and write about it—and I feel incredibly fortunate that I get to share what I know about gardening.