Admittedly, I’m a Navy brat, the fifth of eight children, I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but consider Maryland to be home. It’s where my maternal grandparents bought a farm and where my parents built a home after my father completed his military service.
My background encompasses extensive gardening education through my grandmother and mother; tagging along to their gardening club and hearing how they shared their stories with other gardeners. My grandmother was known for her prize-winning Dahlias and I still have a piece of the original peony she gave me as a wedding gift 52 years ago. It’s been transplanted with every move we’ve made, but hopefully number 17 is our last in North Carolina! I’ve had the opportunity to live throughout the United States, or as a gardener would say, “experience the different growing zones,” and I think my collections reflect that.
I’ve always believed that there is a destiny in our lives, whether it be joys or tragedies. I turn to my art in those times to ground me. My mother, who passed away at the early age of 67, always told me, “a God-given talent is meant to be shared.” I realized that when I loss our daughter, Kelly to breast cancer in 2010, I turned to my garden once more to find that inspiration and to honor both their wishes.
I’m a teacher at heart and love that crafters have not only learned of new flowers from me, but most also call the pieces by their botanical terms-stamens, calyx, filaments, etc. My story continues at Spellbinders Paper Arts with quality products that I am known for and will give you excellent results. I’ve planted this garden for you!