During Mary Oliver’s undergraduate studies, she used her love of art and music to earn a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. While furthering her studies at Utah State University, she received a Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture. Mary spent time in the summer working for Jordan Valley Conservation Garden where she worked on landscape maintenance and led educational tours. This work focused on one of Mary’s key interests, water-wise design. Mary has since continued nurturing her passion for plants and water-wise design while working at Grow Wild Native Plants Nursery and Cactus and Tropicals. She is continuing her study of sustainable outdoor spaces by pursuing a joint MLA/Bioregional Planning degree at Utah State University.