Full Time Instructor
Teaches: Nursery Management, Introduction to Horticulture, Plant Terminology, Plant ID, Garden Maintenance
I started gardening when I was 7 years old and everyone thought it was just a phase, but I have never stopped growing plants and creating gardens! My love of plants led me to a degree in Botany at UC Berkeley, classes in Horticulture at UC Davis and then a Masters in the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware. Horticulture has been a wonderful profession which has included working for several botanical gardens, nurseries, starting my own rare plant business, and doing garden consulting.
From plant exploring in China & South Africa and working at the U.S. National Arboretum and the U.C. Botanical Garden I have come to appreciate the awesome diversity of plants. I have also worked at Berkeley Horticultural Nursery, grown and sold rare plants at the San Francisco Flower Show and lectured widely on plants and gardens. Most recently, I’ve had the pleasure of helping others create gardens, greenhouses & conservatories and to practice sustainable horticulture. Most of all I love growing plants and talking about them.
And, now, as a new faculty member in the Landscape Horticulture Department, I get to talk about plants and gardens all day! My specialties are succulents, sub-tropicals, beautiful, strange and wonderful herbaceous plants, and greenhouse/nursery management, but I have also grow bonsai, rock garden plants, orchids, rare fruits and vegetables, and love to prune just about anything. I am excited to become part of the Merritt Horticulture Community and look forward teaching and talking about plants and gardens with everyone.