I was raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, surrounded by ancient Live Oak trees. I was enthralled with their low and sprawling form, these massive branches reaching down as if they were begging for me to come and play!
I've always held a deep intrigue for the natural world and trees have captivated me most. Draped in moss, teeming with lichen, crawling of insects, singing of birds; trees aren't just lone organisms. They host entire communities and have implications far beyond their own existence.
Of the forest, they are the great collaborators, the marketplace for ideas and solutions, the founders of change. Even their death gives way to centuries of life.
Though we might plant a tree and successfully so; only a tree can plant a system.
Arboriculture, began a lifetime of service and an opportunity for perennial growth. Though I am a Master of Arboriculture, I am truly a student of trees.
I believe in consistently challenging our mental model of plant care. I believe in critical application of research based solutions, backed with an intimate knowledge of plants' needs, specific to their environment.
I am honored to spend my life as a steward of the natural world. And it is through trees that I serve.