My earliest memory of gardening stems back to when I was about 12 years old. My mom had a small kitchen garden in the backyard near the woods where she liked to plant long rows of tomatoes, green beans and other veggies. I remember the sheer joy of helping tend her garden and going out daily in summer to pick beautifully ripened tomatoes. I didn’t realize it then, but I was simply embracing what came naturally to me. I come from a long legacy of sharecroppers and farmers who have lived with their hands in the dirt for decades.
I have tended my own garden for the past 5 years. Gardening is often the first thing I think about when I open my eyes each morning, especially during the spring and summer months. I get excited to see what surprises await me in the garden – like a new seedling emerging through the soil or a beautiful butterfly flittering amongst my coneflowers. I love capturing the beauty and wonder of how things grow, so you’ll rarely find me in a garden without my camera close by.
plant + shoot is a creative space which allows me to combine two passions into one blog. So whether you are new to gardening, or simply growing something new, I hope you find a photo or two here that helps you grow something amazing.