Standing stones in the completed front garden are reclaimed Kansas fence posts, pieces of ancient ocean limestone bed, used to mark farm boundaries in a prairie ecosystem lacking trees. Photo: Cordelia Donnelly

My Horticultural Odyssey

Sailing across the extensive blue waters of the South Pacific with my family as a child informs my garden today. During our voyage, my mother allowed me to choose a course of study. I chose to study plants, and I spent my time observing their biology, illustrating their forms, and writing about their economic and ethnobotanical uses in newsletters …