Laura comes to the TAProots garden group with 25 years of experience in native plant gardening. Her background and career is in environmental education and nature study. Her 30 year professional career was in Park Management. She retired from the Supervisor position at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary. Her work at the nature preserve involved teaching children and adults about nature, ecology and the environment to encourage environmental stewardship. She regularly volunteers at the Holly Springs Food Cupboard Garden, which is the home base for the TAProots Garden Group. One of her goals upon retirement was to combine her love of nature with horticultural therapy. She feels so blessed to have found this TAP group, as each session teaches her about how strong the human spirit can be and how, as a community, we can truly lift each other up.