Gardening has been my passion for over 20 years. This journal started as a way to record what I planted and how it did, and often how quickly a plant died. Today it’s become my record of Colorado native plants, how they grow, and what they support. Since 2014 my garden has changed from traditional nursery planting to an eclectic mix of native, vegetable, and traditional. With my garden, newly named Tidy Chaos, I’ve become a neighbor of habitat, and have a living lab for native seed propagation.
In 2021 I was blessed with time to volunteer with my local parks and rec, the Butterfly Pavilion and Monarch Watch. I’ve learned about guiding restoration efforts, collecting data on declining Monarch populations and learning what is required to initiate citizen science and restoration projects. With this knowledge I hope to bring additional life to my open space and neighborhood.
My hope is that I can inspire a few to dedicate a small part their landscape to natives. If we Go Native we could restore diversity and hope for an uncertain future.
Being a tech geek I also plan to attend the Good Tech Fest to learn how I might combine my trade and my passions for a second career.