I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and then in Rhode Island. My college choices, mostly large urban universities, were different from my friends and family. But I knew that I wanted to live my adult life in a city. I attended Temple University in Philadelphia and graduated with a BS in Horticulture (Pi Alpha Xi).
My part time job at the wonderful and now defunct Border’s bookstore led me to my first “real job” with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). I worked in the publications department; we (three ladies) produced a monthly garden magazine (Green Scene), numerous membership publications, and materials for the Philadelphia Flower Show. It was a fantastic and life-changing job. I made many mistakes but my commitment to creating, educating, and preserving green spaces has never faltered. My love of reading and words is something I carry with me today, thanks to my friend and mentor, Jean Byrne. After five years, I moved onto the Burpee Seed Company, as a Seed Trials Manager. Where I learned the ins and outs of producing a garden catalog, and managed their gardens for photography, and product research.
With 15 years of city living under my belt, in 2000 I returned to New England to be closer to my family. I was offered a position as the Director of the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society and to make ends meet I also worked part time at Brown University. I loved the education programs, event planning, fundraising and of course, producing the publications and website. But juggling two jobs (that may have been full time roles) was exhausting and challenging. Thankfully I met and married my husband (Alex Frost) in 2006 and that made it all worthwhile. We moved to Boston in 2007 and my son Grady was born 9 months later. During the baby years, I worked as a segment producer for the PBS gardening television show, Cultivating Life. Eventually the baby started to walk and the television show ended after several great seasons. With a small child at home, I continued to work in smaller ways; helping to start a Coop Preschool, organizing an After School STEAM Program, and donating my time and skills to our local urban parks and gardens. For the last four years, I have been the part-time manager of the perennial yard for a small urban garden center. My husband and I with our son Grady, call downtown Boston “home”.