“There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to land.”
- Aldo Leopold
Growing up I could often be found in the garden. Basket and scissors in hand, I would wander around the yard selecting the finest blooms from my mother's never ending gardens to take into the house and make into "arrangements". Columbines and hellebores in the woodland garden, ruffled roses on the arbor, daffodils, quince and fritillaria tucked around the house, honeysuckle greeting you along the fence. Flowers were everywhere and I loved them all.
In my house, nature was everything. Family trips to old growth hemlock forests demanded arms to be linked to see how many of us could fit around the girth of the ancient trunks. Field guides were carried everywhere. Special drives were scheduled to hear the spring peepers down along the nearby creek and to see the annual triullium and bluebell flush at a local park, "Go slowly- you'll miss it!"
Today my designs aim to capture all of those garden walks and the signs of each season. I believe flowers, in addition to bringing joy, can remind us of place and time. I believe in embracing the imperfect and wild to showcase the natural world around us in a way that people might otherwise not fully recognize. By focusing on locally grown flowers and foliage, many of them from my own garden plot, my designs evoke the seasons and remind us of the beauty that can be found all around if we take the time to look.