My name is Eve, and I’m a gardening, plant and sustainability enthusiast.

My passion for these subjects began about eight years ago, reading books from the library, experimenting with growing food and herbs, and harvesting wild edible plants in my own backyard.
In 2011, I took the WSU Clark County Master Gardener training program. It was an incredibly inspiring expereince. The class was wonderful and started me on a gardening adventure. I pursued interested through classes, reading, and as much volunteering as my work schedule would allow. Through my time volunteering, I have been able to contribute to many wonderful projects in the Clark County area, and have learned a lot. I’ve spent time working in the Master Gardener Answer Clinic, mentoring at Bethel Community Garden, and every year I help grow plants for the annual Plant Sale Fundraiser. It was incredibly impacting to initially learn of the need for garden-based education in the Clark County, WA, area. According to a 2015 report, Oregon and Clark County has a 28% average food insecurity rate (meaning that 28% “worry always or often about where their next meal is coming from”). Growing food isn’t an option for everybody, but  education on gardening techniques and access to resources should not stop anyone. Foraging for edible plants (even from urban backyards) is another way that a diet can be improved. Through teaching, I hope to empower all ages and inspire others to grow their own food, beautify their lives, improve their health, spend more time outdoors. This is why I offer workshops, tutoring, and other educational opportunities on introductory level gardening, foraging and sustainability topics.
As far as the landscape design side of my business goes, it al started when a friend of mine was looking for someone to help her plan out a new garden. I helped her with plant selection, layout, design, and couched her through planting and installation. Ultimately, she ended up with a beautiful garden and I had a blast. After assisting many friends with their garden designs, I was inspired to start offering landscape design services. This is my dream job; helping to green Clark County, tailoring designs to the needs of every client, and teaching others how to garden more efficiently and sustainably. I just love plants!
A little bit more about what lead me to become such a plant nerd…
I live on a small homestead in Northeast Battle Ground, WA. In my own garden, I grow as many edible and useful plants as I possibly can. I also grow dahlias for tubers, cut flowers, and edible blooms. I forage for wild edible plants that I add to dinner.
Peculiar Ambitions is the Hanlin Family Homestead. You can learn more about the whole gang here: PeculiarAmbitions.com.
On our little family homestead, I have been incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to learn through hands-on experimentation, reading, studying and practicing what I am so passionate about. I cannot empashize one fact enough: reading. I have spent a lot of time reading plant books. I am a book nerd, and I think belive that you can learn anything through the words of an expert. Send me an email if you need a book recommendation for a specific botanical topic, or check out my Amazon Affiliate Bookstore.

Here’s a mini resume, to show my qualifications for garden related work and education:

  • I’m a WSU Extension Master Gardener (I volunteer help with answer clinic booths at farmers markets, teach classes on gardening, and contribute general labor like helping raise plants for their annual fundraiser plant sale. Over 500 hours experience and counting!)
  • Certified by OSU for Permaculture Design
  • WSU Extension Growing Groceries Mentor (Certified to create and mentor in community garden spaces)
  • Growing Gardens (Portland Organization) School Garden Administrator (Certified to design, administrate and teach in school garden spaces)
  • Clark County Master Composter/Recycler
  • Background in Environmental Education working for Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center and Clark County Environmental Services

My favorite topics (and areas of expertise) include:

  • Vegetable gardening
  • Foraging for wild edible plants (of the Pacific Northwest or within Clark County)
  • Dahlias
  • Hobby farming
  • Perennial agricultural systems
  • Restoration and wildlife gardening
  • Permaculture/Sustainable landscape design
  • Sustainability
  • Ornamental landscaping
  • Environmental education
  • Backyard composting

Thank you for visiting my site, I look forward to gardening with you!

Eve Hanlin