Mary grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina where her love of horticulture developed at a young age when helping her grandfather cultivate and propagate camellias in his garden, a hobby she still enjoys today.
Prior to graduate school, Mary gained a wide range of experience working in medical research, education, and public gardens. Her love of horticulture began at a young age when she helped her grandfather cultivate and propagate the camellias in his garden, a hobby which she still enjoys today. She approaches design with a strong horticultural background and is interested in designing spaces that are not only beautiful and meaningful, but that also work with natural systems to create regenerative and productive landscapes. She also has an interest in urban agriculture and the role that it plays in addressing issues like food desserts and rising obesity rates. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, cooking, and trying out new restaurants in the Research Triangle Area with friends.