About Me

My earliest garden memory is of crawling to the center of my mom's raspberry patch to sit and eat the ripe berries that no one else could reach but me.  I've had a garden of my own for over 35 years, and I still get a thrill from eating organically grown raspberries right out of my back yard.

Education and Training:

  • Edmonds Community College - Assoc. of Arts Degree in Horticulture/Landscape Design  
  • WSNLA - Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH)
  • National Wildlife Federation - Certified Landscape Professional
  • Seattle Tilth - Master Composter
  • WSU/King County - Master Gardener
  • Seattle Audubon - Master Birder
  • Plant Amnesty - Master Pruner
  • Seattle Public Utilities - Stormwater Management/RainWise Training
  • Arbor Day Foundation - Nature Explore Training

During the past 20+ years, I have also attended dozens of conferences and workshops on a wide variety of topics, including: Children's Garden Design and Program Planning, Outdoor Classrooms, Community Gardens and Coalition-Building, Volunteer Management, Horticulture Therapy, the Soil Food Web, Integrated Pest Management, Plant Disease Diagnosis, Native Plants and Peoples, Salmon-Friendly Gardening and Water Quality, Orchard Mason Beekeeping, Drip Irrigation, Trunk and Root Exams, Slope Stability, Mosses and Lichens, and more.

One of the best things about nature and horticulture is that you can never know it all!  Besides attending organized educational events, I consider each day to be another exciting opportunity to learn.

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Published Writing, Photos, and Illustrations:

Professional, Community, and Nature Preservation Organizations:
  • EEAW (Environmental Education Association of Washington)
  • C & NN (Children & Nature Network) Natural Teachers Network
  • COOL (Coalition of Organic Landscape Professionals)
  • WSNLA (Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association)
  • Plant Amnesty
  • King County Master Gardener Foundation
  • Envirostars
  • Sustainable NE Seattle
  • Seattle Audubon and National Audubon Society
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Seattle Tilth
  • Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Pollinator Partnership
  • National Trust for Public Lands
  • Conservation Northwest
  • Nature Conservancy