Emily loves to plant trees! It is her life’s ambition to bring edible landscapes into people’s lives, yards, and schools. Emily earned a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biology from Valparaiso University in 2001. She has been an avid gardener since 2005. Emily started pursuing her business idea in 2011 and planted over 200 trees in 2015.
Emily is a professional naturalist. In addition to Emily Plants, she works at Aldo Leopold Nature Center and Toad Hill Montessori, educating children about the natural world. Emily also works at Door Creek Orchard, an established commercial orchard east of Madison, where she prunes trees, harvests apples, and provides visitors to the orchard with an orientation of apple production and varieties.
Emily and her husband, Greg Dixon, maintain two apple trees in their yard, along with two cherry trees, a plum tree, three blueberries, three gooseberries, two honeyberries, strawberries, figs, and four serviceberry (juneberry) plants. All of these food plants, plus native plantings, an asparagus patch, and a vegetable garden fit comfortably in their backyard in Madison’s southeast corner, providing organic food throughout the year.
Emily earned a Permaculture Design Certificate in 2015. She has a keen interest in that philosophy, which emphasizes grouping plants and landscapes together in configurations that benefit each other, and working with nature for optimal results.