Sally joined the Western Horticultural Society in February 1978.
Born in Illinois, she grew up on a small farm. When she was young, she and her mother collected one of each native plant from the surrounding area and planted them in their garden below a grape arbor. Even as a young child, she found this very satisfying and rewarding. She attended a school in town as her parents felt it was important for her education.
Sally was a Music Education teacher. She married a member of the Air Corp during World War II and later her husband became a resort manager. Together they traveled into Canada and Nassau in his line of work.
She moved to Los Altos and opened a shop in the Town and Village Shopping Center in Palo Alto, spending 16 years there.
She obtained a Master's Degree from San Jose State and taught Botany at Mission College in Santa Clara for ten years.
Sally is a a long time member of the Santa Clara Valley Native Plant Society. She was one of three women who started the local chapter and is a very active member today.
She tends three garden in the summer and also volunteers with Elderhostel in the Sierras as a Botanist. She hikes with a group of friends in the Santa Cruz Mountains at least once a week anywhere from three to five miles.
Sally is a young 89 year old !