Hello friends. This is my very first blog post, along with my very first attempt to create a website. I must admit I find pulling on a pair of well worn work boots, sliding my hands into soft leather gloves and stooping over to begin a few hours of pulling invasive plants much easier! That said, please join me in this adventure.
Q: Why did I start a website and blog?
A: I have been a citizen scientist for over 20 years with an interest in the concept of using native plants in the home landscape. I remember when I got started in 2000 how overwhelming it was. I wanted to do the right thing, but all I knew was I should plant native plants. I didn’t know where to get them, if they were native, and if it was the right plant for the conditions. I could see where the average homeowner would not know where to begin. I was already plugged into the environmental movement via my schooling and my volunteer work so I was able to seek out help and collect resources. Remembering this, 20 years later I thought I would use technology to share what I have learned, continue to learn and the many bloopers that I have learned to laugh about. Also, in 2019 I applied to and received a Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) grant for a rather large native plant installation and as part of that I wanted to share the process for others to learn from and be inspired by.
Please take a moment to read over the website to learn more about me, this project and Ahimsa Garden. And don’t forget to sign up to received blog post notifications.