ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sharon Hanks
Sharon retired as an emeritus full professor of the Biology Department of William Paterson University of New Jersey in 2004 after teaching for 29 years. After retiring from teaching botany, field biology, environmental science and ecology, she has begun a second profession. She does consultancy work on naturalized landscaping and is a black sash in T'ai Chi Ch'uan. Sharon is currently an instructor in T’ai Chi Ch’uan at a martial arts school in Nyack, New York, as well as at other venues in her community.
Working with others to help plan their gardens brought into focus the need for a resource book that would help people approach this new area of their lives. Helping others through teaching has always has been one of Sharon’s life goals. She hopes that this book will help others as they plan their outdoor living space.
Sharon lives in Montvale, New Jersey, with her husband and with four adopted stray cats.