HOMETOWN: Greenville, Michigan
PROFESSION/OCCUPATION: Speech and Language Pathologist [retired]
LOCAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION: Montcalm Area Master Gardeners Association
HOBBIES: Travel, Arabian horses, photography and gardening
FAVORITE TRAVEL LOCATION: Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, Canada and Michigan
FAVORITE DRINK: water, wine, infused drinks
WHAT I LIKE TO GROW: peonies, lilies, lilacs and native plants
WHY I GARDEN: to be close to nature and I enjoy sharing flowers from my garden with friends and family. I also like taking pictures of flowers and nature.
PROFESSION/OCCUPATION: Retired from State of Michigan, Department of Human Services, Assistance Payments Worker 22 years, Secretary of State one year, Unemployment Claims Worker nine years.
LOCAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION: Jackson County Master Gardener Association. I am a VMS Ambassador.
HOBBIES: Fishing (I was a Master Angler before I was a Master Gardener).
FAVORITE TRAVEL LOCATION: Maui, Hawaii or everywhere in Michigan.
FAVORITE DRINK: Coffee
WHAT I LIKE TO GROW: All types of perennials, hostas (an addiction), succulents, herbs and a vegetable garden.
WHY I GARDEN: It is a passion that feeds my soul and is so relaxing and therapeutic.
HOMETOWN: Ada, MI
PROFESSION/OCCUPATION: I own a software development firm that specializes in mobile-ready websites and applications.
LOCAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION: West Michigan Master Gardener Association
HOBBIES: Piano, Guitar, Reading, Playing board games, gardening
FAVORITE TRAVEL LOCATION: Punta Cana, DR
FAVORITE DRINK: Paloma
WHAT I LIKE TO GROW: Native plants and vegetables
WHY I GARDEN: I grew up gardening with my Mom and it’s always been a part of my life. I’m a geek – being outside is not something I generally enjoy. Gardening gets me out there doing something that I love
PROFESSION/OCCUPATION: Computer Hardware and Software Engineer [retired]
LOCAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION: Michigan Master Gardeners of St. Joseph County
HOBBIES: Fundraising bicycle rides for MS and Make-A-Wish, riding my Spyder Motorcycle, community service
FAVORITE TRAVEL LOCATION: Somewhere warm in the winter, any good road bicycling venue
FAVORITE DRINK: Cold water and cold dark beer
WHAT I LIKE TO GROW: Native plants and anything that can take care of itself
WHY I GARDEN: Habitat and enjoyment for my wild friends (human and otherwise)
HOMETOWN: Bay City, MI
PROFESSION/OCCUPATION: Retired - Licensed Independent Insurance Agent
HOBBIES: Playing Golf, travel (with husband) and camping around Michigan
FAVORITE TRAVEL LOCATION: Working my way around the U.S.
FAVORITE DRINK: Coca Cola
WHAT I LIKE TO GROW: My personal garden is a wildlife habitat garden including an ornamental fish pond. Native woody ornamentals, herbaceous plants, trees and bulbs for a four season garden. I also grow herbs, asparagus, tomatoes, apples and rhubarb. All on a city lot.
WHY I GARDEN: My earliest garden memories are from my mother and grandmother. Both of my families were historically farmers, growing much of the food they consumed. I was born on a milk farm in Marshall, Michigan. Early on in my life we moved to a more urban home, but still continued to grow a vegetable garden and had a pear orchard.
My mother planted Dahlias for many years from my earliest memories. It was always fun to get the tubers out in the spring to weed out the good ones for that year’s planting. I remember when quite young my mother putting in the vegetable garden with my “help.” I guess I was born with a passion for gardening and an appreciation for all plants, food or ornamental. I enjoying sharing my gardening passion with others and sharing my garden knowledge. My favorite part of gardening is when I sit in my garden relaxing and enjoying time there.
HOMETOWN: Omena, MI
PROFESSION/OCCUPATION: Marketing Communications Consultant. I retired as Advertising Manager of Farmers Insurance Company and promptly flunked retirement.
LOCAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION: Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan
HOBBIES: Reading murder mysteries and thrillers, walking our four year old lab Brit, sewing, knitting and stomping out invasives -- both native and non-native like Tree of Heaven and Sumac.
FAVORITE TRAVEL LOCATION: Australia
FAVORITE DRINK: Wine, water and coffeee
WHAT I LIKE TO GROW: Perennials - native and adaptable. I love color in my garden and lots of blooms at all seasons! I also love to grow culinary herbs and occasionally try my hand at topiary and bonsai.
WHY I GARDEN: It's part of my heritage. My farmer father grew fruit - cherries, apples and prunes while my city-born and bred mother mowed about an acre of orchard grass for lawn and surrounded that with seven flower beds and her "naturalized garden" which would be called a native garden today.