Jillian Gall has walked the line between science and horticulture for the past six years, working as both a field ecologist in remote places and a native plant gardener in New York City. Dabbling in both fields, she recognizes the need for scientists to connect with people beyond their academic circles and how public horticulture can build community and raise awareness for key environmental issues. Jillian holds a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Maine, has authored scientific papers on heavy metal accumulation in ecosystems and received grants from the Garden Club of America and the Garden Club of New Jersey. She has a deep appreciation for wild places, gardens, and the joy that nature can bring to others.