Bob Murray, a botony professor at North Idaho College in Coeur d' Alene first inspired me to pursue botany as a career. I finished a degree in botany at the Univ. of Maine, Orono and while visiting my parents in Virginia was offered a job by Colonial Williamsburg as garden foreman at the Governor's Palace. That was 1981. In 1996 I founded the Colonial Garden and Garden Shop on the Duke of Gloucester Street. Here Jennifer Mrva and I practice gardening with period tools, plant varieties and the best advice from the most accomplished 18th century English gardeners. This is an interactive site where kids haul water from the well, put it out with watering cans, help us plant and share in the harvest. We also have a small garden shop that offers heirloom plants, seeds, bulbs and garden related items. The best part of the job is the opportunity to meet great gardeners from all over the world. We would love to meet you too!