I fell in love with growing plants when I was 18 and first moved to Ithaca NY, a beautiful agricultural community in the Finger Lakes region.
In our early years my husband Bill and I managed a landscape gardening business together, then I began a career as a horticultural educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). I started at CCE Tioga where I managed a Master Gardener program, then moved to CCE Tompkins where I managed a community beautification program and later a community vegetable gardening program.
In between those jobs Bill and I moved to County Clare, Ireland for five years. We worked together again as landscape gardeners for a few years, then I took a job as manager at the Irish Seed Savers Association. We loved living in Ireland, and it is a dream climate for gardening!
We moved back to the Ithaca area in 2012 to be closer to our families, and after retiring from CCE in 2018 I have since returned to our landscape gardening business with Bill, joyfully returning to gardens that we first planted together over 20 years ago. We provide garden maintenance for a select number of clients, and I also love sharing my expertise and experience through consultation and design services to help other gardeners have beautiful, ecologically-friendly gardens.
In winter months I work in the office at Cummins Nursery, a family-owned fruit tree nursery, and during the tourist season (April-October) we run a farm-stay Airbnb in our home. Next spring I start teaching two online courses for Cornell University: Organic Gardening and Introduction to Garden Design. I feel so fortunate to be doing what I love!