Virunga Gorilla Trekking Adventure

Virunga Gorilla Trekking Adventure

I timed my first mountain gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 founding of the Karisoke Research Center by Dian Fossey. Many of the principals continuing her conservation efforts gathered at the Volcanoes Safaris...
Give me Urban Prairie, Give me my Home

Give me Urban Prairie, Give me my Home

A monarch and a Liatris can explode an entire city. On the way home from a client’s garden, as  I drove by a downtown street corner on a late summer afternoon, I had to pull an illegal u-turn across four lanes of traffic. And I parked in a fire lane. I leapt out of my...
The Nature of my Inspiration

The Nature of my Inspiration

I used to think that I needed to escape the city to experience nature. To me, the city of Chicago was a vast, looming mass of industry where one had to search through a steel maze to catch a glimpse of sunlight at any hour that wasn’t noon. I grew up in the southwest...
Getting Over Purity

Getting Over Purity

Somehow I never noticed that I work in a desert. Not an actual desert—those are filled with cacti, snakes, and other forms of life. My office is in a suburban-style neighborhood, surrounded by vast lawns, which, I recently discovered, are not good for much. Turf grass...