Her father was a horticulture major in college. As a result, she was surrounded with beautiful gardens and grew up with a love for the feel of soil in her hands. She has been gardening for over forty years. She developed knowledge of growing plants through extensive reading and then putting what she learned into practice. She has a BSN in nursing and thus has a scientific background. Much of the botanical and scientific data she gathered from reference books to maintain accuracy. She spent three years on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ which provided her seminary level courses on a broad range of Biblical topics. Spiritual truth continues to be a motivational factor in her life.
She ministered to college age students for 3 years with Campus Crusade for Christ. There she took several seminary level classes in the Bible. She has taught Bible studies at her local church. As an avid gardener for over 40 years, she has enjoyed growing and propagating plants.