My name is Cristina Santiestevan, and I am a rule-breaking, HOA-snubbing, renegade gardener. I am also a writer and photographer, and regularly combine my passions for gardening, science and language by writing for publications like Organic Gardening Magazine and Smithsonian.
As a child, I became so attached to my plants that I insisted my dwarf pie cherry tree move with us when my family relocated from one Virginia town to another. Never mind that the tree was a stunted little thing, which produced the sourest cherries imaginable. That didn’t matter. That was my tree, and it was going to come with us. And, it did. I was an amazingly stubborn seven-year-old.
If anything, my plants are more important to me now.