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.
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
HOMETOWN: Mt. Pleasant, MI
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.
HOMETOWN: Mikado, MI