Like many people, I got my passion for gardening from working and playing in my mother’s garden where she taught me the names of the plants. I received an education in art, design and photography in Southern California and had a long career as a wedding photographer there. In 2000, ‘Tractor Man’ and I surprised ourselves and bought property in a mountain community where we vacationed for 12 years. After five years of ‘camping’ here, I now work and play, tending two of seven acres near the Sierra National Forest, while acting as the Madera County Gardening Examiner. Impressed by the natural beauty and many community events here, I began writing the blog “Sierra Foothill Garden”, enthusiastically researching gardening in snow and deer country. I’m surprised and delighted every season by what I find and plant here. My Corgi, Maggie, is my garden companion.