Hi, I'm Maria!
I love spending my time working with plants and enjoying nature, and and I want to help you enjoy these things as much as I do. I grew up in the countryside catching turtles and frogs. In high school, I became interested in gardening through summer jobs where I sold vegetables at a farm stand and then moved on to landscaping. I went on to pursue professional training in forest ecology and management. I've worked professionally to summarize and communicate scientific information about forests for more than 10 years.
I've always spent my spare time gardening and exploring the natural world, but it's only in the past year or two that I've decided to "level up" my expertise to help others. In addition to tending my own garden, I became a Master Gardener in 2017 and work on several community projects related to community garden education and nature-friendly gardening.
I'm really excited to provide online education to help more people learn how to garden. It's a wonderful activity because it provides so many benefits: healthy food, natural movement, stress reduction, making things beautiful, and helping the environment. I look forward to working with you. Cheers!