I’m a wife, a mother, and a gardener born in Chicago, Illinois. I am an Advanced Master Gardener with the University of Illinois and I hold a Certification in Sustainable Landscaping from the College of Du Page. For the last three years I have worked  for various landscape companies in the ‘burbs of Chicago as an Estate Gardener and a Personal Gardener. During my off season, I volunteer at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory, in the Greenhouse. Besides gardening and my family, some of my other passions include hearing God’s Word preached, genealogy, history, reading and writing. I also enjoy exploring nature in the city and the country, as well as photographing and writing about our adventures.

I was raised in the heart of Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, on the banks of Bubbly Creek.  My Mom often sent me away for a few weeks in the summer to be with her people in the mountains of Nelson County Virginia. This wonderful mixture of culture has made me who I am today.

All backyard gardeners should be ecologist. Applying your sense of sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste is by far the best method for a healthy and prosperous garden. Connecting the sustainable ways of yesteryear with sustainability of the present is something I want to share with the world. Slowing down the pace of today by remembering the joys of simplicity, like growing and cultivating, should bring an inner peace that will lighten any load.