Howdy!  I grew up playing in the forests in the southeast United States and have been in love with the wonders of nature ever since.  I worked at a nursery in Austin, Texas for years and bought and ran a small farm outside of the city for the last seven years.  My husband was accepted to the Horticulture Ph.D. program at OSU and we moved up to Oregon last fall.  I love everything about the Pacific Northwest and Garland Nursery.  My spirit shrub is Barberry (Berberis), it is stunningly beautiful but prickly.