Story by Jessica Deese and photos by Kate Reali
After a summer working at Yellowstone, Jojo Healy knew she wanted a career working outdoors. She just didn’t know what, exactly. After a seemingly random person introduced her to horticulture, light bulbs went on. As a UA student, she knew this would require transferring to AU, difficult given her long Bama family legacy. She decided to take a few classes at Shelton State, just to be sure. “The moment I stepped into the greenhouse, I knew. It was a moment filled with healing, solace and life. I loved the smells, temperature, plants, all of it.” To the Plains she went. Her nana cried, but tears were surpassed by the joy of her work. Today she is mostly busy growing three beautiful boys. But her small side business, Fleurish, takes clients here and there, mostly by word of mouth, designing and installing container plantings for patios, porches, window boxes or even interior spaces. You can also find her landscape installations at her church in Montrose. “Connecting to the earth helps me feel close to God. We are the stewards of earth. Nature is magical; past, present, and future are alive at the same time. It fills me up to be a part of it.”
You can check out Jojo’s work here.