Maria is an award-winning landscaper turned expert horticultural writer, from the desert southwest. In addition to contributing to multiple home and garden outlets, she enjoys writing about mental health and personal growth & development. Writing is a favorite hobby, and she regularly publishes personal essays and elegiac poetry on Medium, where she's been curated in multiple niches. Her other passions include horses and cooking. Maria attended college in Texas and earned a bachelor's degree in education. She's currently based in Arizona with her 80-pound Red Heeler/German Shepherd, Dodger.