I was born and raised in Oklahoma, where we “make” gardens — we don’t plant them. It all started with a vegetable garden plan I found in Kitchen Gardener magazine over 30 years ago (The bunnies ate my first attempt, but I kept trying.)
Or maybe it started when I earned my bachelor’s degree in Journalism–Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma with an emphasis in Botany. I’m probably best known as the creator and writer of this blog, where I tell the ongoing story of making my garden on the 7.5 acres surrounding my home. As of today, I garden about an acre and a half if you include my wildflower meadow in the upper pasture.
I also take my readers along as I travel around the world and bring them into the kitchen with me for my gluten-free culinary creations. I’m also all about pollinators, especially Monarch butterflies, and I plant milkweed all around the garden to entice them to visit.
With a helping hand from my husband, Bill, who enjoys hardscape building more than gardening, I keep expanding my garden — and writing about it. In addition to my blog, I also write for green-industry businesses that need website content, product descriptions, newsletter articles, and more. As a garden speaker, I love hitting the road, sharing stories, techniques, and laughs with regional and national audiences.
In 2014 I wrote my book, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff (St. Lynn’s Press.)
I’m thrilled that Red Dirt Ramblings won the Garden Writers Association’s Gold Award for Best Electronic Writing. Better Homes and Gardens named RDR one of its Top Ten Gardening Blogs, and Southern Living magazine named me one of its 30 Bloggers to Follow. All I can say is I’m humbled, and I thank you.
I’m Catholic, and I’ve been published several times in The Sooner Catholic, our state Catholic newspaper. Thanks for visiting my little patch of heaven in the red dirt state. I hope you’ll come again soon. You can also find me on Instagram and Facebook. Please stop by and comment or ask a question whenever you like. I love hearing from you.