Increase nature awareness, the connection
to and stewardship with the earth and sustainable, edible landscapes through
An inquisitive gardener since
childhood, Betsy grew up in rural Pa where her relatives still farm
sustainably. She has received a BS in Horticulture from the Pennsylvania State
University and a MS in Horticultural Science from North Carolina State
University. Here she specialized in plant breeding and
genetics of flowering plants and small Fruits. She developed the
first Native American garden for Town Creek Indian Mound Historic Site, and now
enjoys her own edible front yard.
Insatiable curiosity for the natural
world, Betsy spent her early years in the fields, farms and outdoor wilds
surrounding her agrarian hometown. There she observed the interactions of
soil, water and plants with insects, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and
mammals. She has enjoyed applying these skills with jobs in Honeybee
behavior, integrated pest management and numerous natural science arenas. Formal studies in entomology, zoology, animal
science, human development and outdoor survival have widened her knowledge.
Instructor and Speaker
Her joy of discovery and teaching
skills have aided her development and instruction of unique horticulture and
natural science programs for many institutions, including the Wake Tech
Community College, The City of Sunbury, the Town of Cary, the NC Museum of
Natural Science and State 4-H programs. Betsy has also
enjoyed being a graduate assistant instructor for Plant Propagation Labs and
Landscape Horticulture Design at NCSU.
Local and sustainable approach to life.
Waste not want not is a mantra handed down
to Betsy from her practical Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors and frugal
Scotch-Irish Grandfather. Megalos Gardens is one attempt to move
towards a sustainable lifestyle in the heart of the suburbs.