I've been gardening organically since the 1970's, and teaching gardening and nature classes for children and adults since the 1990's. I enjoy sharing what I've learned from these decades of gardening and teaching, and in continuing to learn from others too.

My classes are known for photo-laden PowerPoint shows, live demonstrations of planting, mulching, pruning, and other gardening tasks, plus plenty of audience interaction!

As an educator, my goals are to help connect children and adults to the natural world in a deeper way, with a holistic view of the plants, insects, birds, microorganisms, and other delightful creatures that we share the earth with. I believe that understanding the natural world also opens the door for gardening recommendations and nature science to make perfect sense, no matter what age we are.

My goals are also to provide ideas that help gardeners make their landscapes beautiful and healthy, sustainable, a benefit to their lives, and a benefit to the environment. Also, to provide practical gardening skills that make maintenance time enjoyable and successful, and save the time and expense of trial-and-error.

I have developed a wide variety of gardening and design classes for adults, and for kids and families, which are listed on the Class topics and details page

You will also see me volunteering during the summer months at many of the free Family Garden Days and free Nature Walks hosted by the Magnuson Children's Garden Committee!