Meet Our Team
Co-Owner / Vice President
As a Registered Professional Forester in Maryland, I spent 17 years with Baltimore County Environmental Protection overseeing forest harvests, and handling enforcement on development projects and along the County’s 175 miles of shoreline. I saw increased requirements for restoration and mitigation using native plants. I started the nursery on a small scale as Maryland Natives Nursery in the early 90’s. The original site was on the back two acres of our family’s home in Kingsville, MD, where we lived from the mid-50’s on. As a teenager, I loved hunting and exploring in the fields and woods that surrounded the property. My love and fascination with nature continues to this day. One of my biggest rewards is to see the same passion in all of the great people who work with me here at American Native Plants.
Co-Owner / President
My road to native plants started 2 hours away from our present day Maryland nursery, in the pines of southern New Jersey “just” 50+ years ago. We (my Mom, sister and I) lived in an 1890’s shingle-sided house in a nearly deserted hamlet called White’s Bog. All around us were cranberry bogs, woods and fields. The woods croaked with a million amphibious voices, migrating birds flocked in blue fall skies and panzer-shelled snappers glared at us from the sandy roadsides. Squirrels and raccoons nested in mysterious, beckoning, ramshackle buildings. It was a paradise for kids to explore, even if my Mom, who had almost no chance for adult conversations, remembers the place less fondly.
It only lasted a year or so before my Dad came back from his military assignment and we moved to more urban settings. The connection to nature has endured for me and looking back explains many subsequent events and choices.
As for White’s Bog? It is a state park now. It is dedicated to a largely forgotten 19th century horticulturist, Elizabeth White, who cultivated the native blueberry, behind the house next door to our old place.
I have had a lifelong interest in the natural world and have completed the Master Gardener and Habitat Steward certifications. After a 30 year career in marketing, logistics and customer service, in 2009, I began a second career at American Native Plants. Promoting native plantings and providing customer service fits with my personal philosophy of bettering the world around me.
Born in northern California, but raised in Baltimore City, I was lucky enough to have grown up in an unusually wooded part of town. This kindled an early love for nature which never faded. After working for years in windowless offices in various technical capacities, I decided to listen to my intuition and pursue a career in the horticulture industry. I have now been with ANP since 2012, and feel grateful to be able to work so closely with nature every day, and to help the company evolve.
Head Grower / Production Manager
I have been with American Native Plants for 9 years, cultivating quality native plants. I oversee herbaceous and woody section growers and maintain a production database. I am in my 17th year of being involved in native plant cultivation and restoration. Steeped in experience restoring the Chesapeake Bay Region, I have worked with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and others in developing proprietary products to enhance restoration efforts. With every seed sown, my knowledge grows.
Field Operations Manager
I started spending time in the outdoors while on a camping trip at the young age of two months. My affection for nature grew during my childhood while playing on the Gunpowder River. My earliest agricultural experience was in Rhode Island on an organic farm, which then inspired me to start Simmer Rock Farm. Simmer Rock supplied organic vegetables to a 40 family CSA, restaurants, and farmers’ markets. I joined American Native Plants in April, 2016 to assist in the growth of its new location.
Join Our Team
American Native Plants is always seeking qualified and skilled people to help out seasonally. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we have a position available, we will contact you to schedule an interview. We look forward to helping you grow with us!
Get in Touch
American Native Plants has been dedicated to preserving, growing, and distributing native plant varieties for almost two decades. We are a one-stop shop for your nursery needs and serve states throughout the Eastern United States. We offer hundreds of varieties of native trees, native shrubs, and herbaceous native plants in addition to hardgoods. For more information on our offerings, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, contact us, or give us a call at 410-529-0552. To place an order and receive a quote, visit our Request a Quote page or fax us 410-529-3883.