Suzanne says, “Trees are my best friends, sisters, brothers, family.”
“I walk among my trees every day. They accompany me as I go through my life––at the window while washing my dishes and all around while frolicking with my dogs. As I negotiate my life, there they stand––steadfast and ever present.”
“They once told me that of all the people and things that come and go, they will remain. They will remain because there is a community of them, joined as if hand in hand, root to root, in a circle of prayer under the soil, all holding each other together, keeping each other in peace and in place.
“I care for those Spirit trees that guard me. Through their boughs, my brothers, the animals, scamper. The birds sing, build nests, raise cherub young, and fly to my feeders. I care about my trees because they whisper to me, they applaud for me. My trees dance––they plié like ballerinas in the grace of the breezes.”
Suzanne is also THE BAREFOOT GARDENER. She has a strong belief in the natural approach.
“The majority of Long Islanders were brought up to believe that a perfectly manicured carpet-like lawn was a symbol of success and pride. But just as we’re thinking differently about many things — the food we eat, the cars we drive, the habits we keep — we’re also thinking differently about lawns.”
“Beautiful landscaping is no longer all about sterile green grass. It’s about wildflowers that softly sway in the breeze. It’s about feathery grasses over which butterflies float. It’s about happy little hummingbirds that hover and dart while drinking sweet nectar from bountiful blossoms. In the garden that nature intended, grass grows in all shapes, sizes and colors, and it bustles with life and beauty in many different forms — unaided by fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation.”
She also write and speaks about problems with common landscape practices.
The Environmental Damage Caused by the Common Lawn