I garden in a typical suburban Northern Virginia home and work full-time in an office in Rockville, MD. I am married with twins who are in college. I have a B.S. in horticulture from Virginia Tech and have been involved in horticultural communications for more than 20 years. I have written more than 70 articles for Horticulture, The American Gardener, Chesapeake Home, Early American Life, and Virginia Gardener.
Currently I am the chair/president of the Potomac Unit of the Herb Society of America (HSA). I also am a member of GardenComm (formerly Garden Writers Association). I write articles for the HSA blog, the GardenComm newsletter and blog, and other magazines and newsletters. I give hands-on workshops and powerpoint presentations on culinary herbs, edible flowers, and plant propagation.
In April 2014, I created Pegplant, a gardening website for the Washington DC metro area. Pegplant offers local gardening news, resources, and information about gardening, gardens, and plants. Pegplant provides local gardening resources for people new to gardening or new to the area.
In March 2018, I created Pegplant’s Post, a free, monthly, online newsletter for people interested in gardening in the Washington DC metro area. Pegplant’s Post has local gardening events, new books, advice, tips, relevant articles, and always a giveaway. To subscribe, simply enter an e-mail address in the “subscribe” field on the right column of pegplant.com. Pegplant’s Post is issued on the last weekend of the month.
In January 2020, I began to collaborate with fellow GardenComm member Teri Speight of cottageinthecourt to produce a podcast called Gardens ‘n Plants. This is for people interested in plants and gardening in the DC metro area. Together we talk about what is happening in our gardens, what is happening in the broader landscape, upcoming events, places we have visited, local nurseries, and public gardens. There is always something happening in the garden!
For the green industry, I initiated the annual Capital Region Connect, a social networking event for horticulturists and landscape designers who work in the local green industry. This includes wholesale and retail nurseries, public gardens and botanical gardens, and arboreta. Capital Region Connect is a private, invitation only event for people to “connect,” network, and share with others in the Capital Region area.