About Mil

I am a farmer’s daughter from North Carolina. Gardening is in my blood.

My early influences were my grandmother, aunt, and a dear family friend, Elizabeth Lawrence, a garden writer for the News & Observer in Raleigh, and author of an extensive collection of books about the beauty of gardens. Even though my degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terra Haute, Indiana, was theatre, I couldn’t deny my passion for the earth and taking care of it. In 1994, I became a certified Advance Master Gardener through the Michigan State University Extension Service. It is a joy that I can combine both loves, theatre and gardening, and host our local cable gardening show “Pointes of Horticulture.”

I believe in sharing my knowledge and love by helping my community.

I believe in being, and teaching how to be, a caretaker of the garden.

I believe that all the little actions of creating beauty and health with the earth will have a large impact – just like ripples created by throwing a pebble in a puddle.

Mil is a proud member of these organizations

  • Association of Professional Landscape Designers
  • Association of Professional Gardeners
  • Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association
  • Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce
  • Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors

And the following non-profit “green” organizations

  • Detroit Garden Center
  • Grosse Pointe Garden Center
  • Moross Greenway Project
  • Belle Isle Conservancy
  • Master Gardeners of Greater Detroit
  • Matthaei Botanical Garden