Absolutely everything about plants fascinates me. Their lives are crazy, their sex is insane, their energy production is science fiction, their biology is nuts, their architectural forms are mind-blowing, and they literally make life on Earth possible … and that’s to mention only a few of the amazing things about plants!
I studied horticultural science at North Carolina State University with the esteemed plant breeder, Dennis Werner, and I consider him to be one of my great teachers. Dr. Werner helped me strengthen my understanding and appreciation of plants, and I owe him a debt of gratitude for generously sharing his time, knowledge, and talent with me.
I’m neither a horticulturalist nor a botanist, but I’m a fairly skilled “plantsman.” My love for plants is not only an important part of my work in both music and landscape, it’s also one of my greatest joys. I take tremendous satisfaction in growing and caring for plants. I’m especially keen on plant propagation — through cuttings, rootings, stooling, grafting, air-laying, etc. — and I have special love for planting design. I’ve developed specialization in “plant community” design, which stems from my admiration for the work of J. Philip Grime, Richard Hanson, and Friedrich Stahl.