During one drive, an epiphany occurred to me: invasive plants and insects are having a catastrophic effect on the world as I know it. I began searching for native plants at nurseries and finding a few imposters in the process. The first book I found that verified my thinking: Carolyn Summers, Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East. Later on, Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home was great to read too. I designed and helped install a native plant educational garden in Frear Park. As part of maintaining that garden, I was dead-heading and cutting seed heads down. I tried starting the seeds for fun, and after trial and error, succeeded in growing native plants from seed. I planted many in my home garden and enjoyed the incredible variety of bees that came to pollinate. I saw butterflies come more often, and fireflies at night. It’s been fascinating, and I hoped that could share that wonderment and discovery with others.
In 2015, I filed a DBA establishing Capital Native Plants. Finally a chance to play in the dirt!