My earliest memory of gardening stems back to when I was about 10 years old. My mom had a small kitchen garden in the backyard 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 gardeners, sharecroppers and farmers who have lived with their hands in the dirt for decades.
I have tended my own garden for the past 15 years. I have 6 raised beds, 3 pollinator gardens, a dozen containers and a hobby greenhouse where I grow chard, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, spinach, beans, corn, herbs and lots of flowers. 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 flowers. I focus on organic, pollinator-friendly gardening and recently had my urban garden certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
A garden is a great teacher, so you’ll rarely find me in a garden without my camera close by to capture its lessons. I share my photos so others can see how things grow and be inspired to connect with nature as often as possible.
About plant + shoot
plant + shoot is a creative space which allows me to combine two passions, gardening and photography, into one. When it comes to gardening, I believe a picture is worth a thousand words, especially if you are new to gardening or growing something new. Photography is a great way to capture what you’ve planted, when and where you planted it, along with the joy and frustration one experiences as a gardener.
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