I have been fascinated by plants and nature since childhood. Around age seven, I started to collect and dissect plants in a manner that was eerily similar to my future university taxonomy and physiology classes. I couldn’t wait to be old enough (nine!) to join my local youth garden club. Joining and later leading this club showed me how horticulture could unite people of all ages and backgrounds. This realization helped to identify my passion: investigating the relationships between people, plants, and the environment and sharing these relationships with others.