Let’s get to know each other!
Since we’re not able to meet up in person this year, let’s meet online. Each week starting today, we’re introducing a member* of our Fling community here and on Instagram, in their own words. We’re excited to see what everyone’s talking about and sharing with their followers!
*Any garden blogger, vlogger, podcaster, or Instagrammer who follows our Instagram or is a member of our Facebook group. If you’d like to be considered or recommend someone for a Meet Our Community profile, email us.
I host The Garden Path Podcast: Life Lessons and Conversations from the Natural World, which I created in late 2015 to fill a gap in the gardening podcast world. It began with conversations with friends and family and morphed into connecting with other gardeners and naturalists that I had long admired on social media.
I put the interview aspect of the podcast on pause at the end of 2019 and am currently adapting it into a solo show to encourage gardeners to become better naturalists! It’s a work in progress!
I enjoy learning about and planting native plants to encourage biodiversity on our 1.2 acres in the rapidly expanding Houston suburbs. But I also can’t help myself when I find a unique plant that isn’t from North America, and I drool over tropical gingers, bromeliads, and orchids! We have an enclosed edible garden to keep the deer from munching on the fruits of our labors, and I enjoy reaping the rewards from a successful tomato season just as much as I enjoy seeing the butterflies nectaring on our native plants in the flower garden.
My favorite botanic garden is Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida. I’m a sucker for tropical plants, and their diversity of specimens, from unique vines to fabulous palms, is enough to make you want to move to zone 12 or beyond!
Choosing a favorite plant is a tougher call, but let’s say it’s a tie between ghost orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii) and redring milkweed (Asclepias variegata).
Thanks for sharing your work and gardening passions with us, Misti!
All photographs courtesy of Misti Little.