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 30 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 the Regional Director for Region IV of GardenComm (formerly Garden Writers Association), a professional organization of garden communicators. I write articles for the HSA blog, the GardenComm newsletter and blog, and other magazines and newsletters. I am a member of the National Capital Area Garden Clubs’ District III Camelot Garden Club and I write for the NCAGC’s blog. I am the blog administrator for the National Garden Clubs, Inc. which is the headquarters for about 5,000 clubs across the country and 165,000 members.
I give hands-on workshops and powerpoint presentations on culinary herbs, herbs in containers, edible flowers, and plant propagation. I have presented at the Fairfax County Public Library branches, Merrifield Garden Center, Green Spring Gardens, Brookside Gardens, the NCAGC Gardening School, and various garden clubs and master gardener groups. I also give presentations virtually, am very experienced with Zoom, and welcome invitations to speak either in person or virtually. Contact me at pegplant at yahoo dot com.
In April 2014, I created Pegplant, an online resource for gardeners in the Washington DC metro area. Pegplant offers local gardening news, resources, and information about gardening, gardens, and plants.
In March 2018, I created Pegplant’s Post, a monthly e-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, recipes, and 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 collaborated with fellow GardenComm member Teri Speight of cottageinthecourt to produce a podcast called Gardens ‘n Plants. This was for people interested in plants, public gardens, and gardening in the DC metro area. We talked about what was happening in our gardens, what was happening in the broader landscape, upcoming events, places we have visited, local nurseries, and public gardens. We archived this in January 2021.
I initiated a Culinary Herbs and Spices Facebook group that is open to anyone but it is a private group. Please join and share your experiences growing and using herbs and spices. Share recipes as well.
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. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, we were not able to have the Capital Region Connect in 2020 or 2021.