We are FoxGlove Gardening, INC !

FoxGlove Gardening Truck and Tools

FoxGlove Gardening Truck and Tools

Over lunch on Aspen Street on April 6, 2016 Joan Abbott of FoxGlove Gardening sold her beloved garden maintenance and landscaping business to Jason and I.  This is a start of a new chapter for us.  We are business owners in Flagstaff, Arizona doing what we are passionate about… gardens, plants, flowers, color, design, the outdoors, beautifying the community, stewarding the land!

Jason and I are co-owners of the company, but I have been trying to think of what my title is beyond that.  Jason is clearly the gardener! and I would like to not be thought of as the bookkeeper, as that will not be my focus this time around.  I am excited about creating the branding and marketing for our new business, providing fine customer service, and ensuring that the company continues to offer exceptional service and high aesthetic quality as it did under Joan.

I love the fleet of toyota trucks with painted tool handles, the FoxGlove name and what it stands for, the magical plant itself, and most importantly appreciate the beautiful gardens that FoxGlove tends around town that are uniquely verdant, vibrant, and thoughtfully designed.  I believe that FoxGlove will be a great launching pad for my creative services and pursuits in the months and years to come.

In the meantime, it is a great honor to work along side Joan Abbott (she will be sharing her knowledge and helping with the transition for the first year) as we learn everything there is to know about this special business that has enriched Flagstaff season to season over the past 37+ years!

Thank you Joan for believing in us and being so patient with the process…

…many thanks go out to our family members, friends & colleagues in Austin, and new found advisors and connections (and now friends!) in Flagstaff!!

FoxGlove in a Garden on Black

FoxGlove in a Garden on Black

‘Inch by inch, row by row, going make this garden grow, all it takes is a rake and how ’till the rain comes tumbin’ down…’


The Two Month Mark

Last day in Austin together

Last day in Austin together

Two months ago (01/29/2016) today, a Friday, Jason and I rolled down I-40 West in a 26′ long Penske pulling a U-Haul trailer, arriving in Flagstaff, Arizona at the Little America Truck Stop. Prior to that we packed for days while sharing tears with friends.  Then we bravely  pulled onto 290 West for the long 18 hour drive to Arizona. Leaving an amazing community of friends, a sweet house of 12 years, chickens, majestic Live Oak Trees, dear neighbors, and a spirited city.

Penske Heading to Arizona

Penske Heading to Arizona

Getting a fresh start, setting forth on a new adventure, changing it up… that was the catalyst and that is what we are doing in Northern Arizona.  I have been thinking about the last two months and how it feels a bit like the two month mark with a new baby.  Mama and baby are definitely out and about, feeling sturdy, a little less raw, ready to venture out in the world, reconnect with friends and dig in to resuming a normal life.  ‘Homesick tears’ come and go and there is still the lingering feeling if one will feel ever return to their normal selves.

Paperwhites & Skull on Clawson

Paperwhites & Skull on Clawson

Of course I had a real sense of urgency to create normalcy for the kids and the family  at large by creating a tidy and organized home, happy school situation, and revolving around our Flagstaff family, but it has taken some time and required patience and gentleness with all involved. My family (Dallas, Tucson, Flagstaff)  and friends’ (Austin & Flagstaff) support has been infused with such energy and love along the way it still brings me to spontaneous tears just thinking about all that they have done for us.

Hearth and Home on Terrace

Hearth and Home on Terrace

We now have  the amazing fortune to be embraced by the neat folks up at NACET and their extended network of Local First Arizona & Womens Innovation Network of Flagstaff.  I need to take this opportunity to thank Heather Malloy for being a guardian angel and connecting Jason and I to some key people that have really made our transition to Flagstaff in the  professional realm dynamic.  These folks have made a big difference in our confidence and sense of empowerment with the business ventures we are undertaking.

Library of Dreams & Ideas

Library of Dreams & Ideas

Annie’s Omnium has come home to roost!  Stay tuned for more posts and announcements about upcoming services (Fresh Configurations), events (Business grand openings), and daily observations (Instagram)!

Coming Together for the Elkhorn Ranch

Elkhorn Ranch, Tucson shirt design by Sarah Presson and Annie Taylor for Eye Like Design

Elkhorn Ranch 2015 shirt design.

I always think about the Elkhorn Ranch in Tucson  this time of year.  Growing up it was a family tradition to spend our Thanksgivings there and connect with relatives and dear friends.  It continues to be a place to be with family, as my sister and her husband Charley Miller own and operate the Elkhorn.

The above art work started a year ago, when Mary gave me a collection of brands that the ranch has been gathering for a few generations.  Families that have become part of the Elkhorn Ranch community are encouraged to create a brand of their own. Last year I re-drew the brands and  Jenna Foster, a talented artist and designer in Austin cleverly put all the brands (over a hundred I would say) into a repeat pattern for new table runners (printed by Spoon Flower).  My mom,  Nancy Taylor cut and hemmed them for new table runners just in time for last year’s holiday feast!  Fast forward 12 months and this time Sarah Presson of Eye Like Design selected a few brands to make this cheerful new t-shirt design that will be hitting the Elkhorn Shop shelves by Christmas!

Just another example of how fun and dynamic it is to collaborate with others.


Mr. Gabe

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Today is Mr. Gabe’s Birthday.  Who is Mr. Gabe?  Mr. Gabe has been a prominent figure in both of my boys life since they were babies.  He turned 41 today and has dedicated his career to teaching pre-schoolers.  Mr. Gabe has been a friend to our family over the years and we have enjoyed a family friendship with him as well.  Oliver had the great fortune to study under Mr. Gabe at Athena Montessori Academy down the street from our house for 3 years.  This was a formidable chapter in Oliver’s life~ being exposed to social dynamics, reading, writing, staying still in circle time, singing, and of course all the tactile montessori basics.  While Oliver was at Athena as a kindergartner, his little brother Theodore was born.  Going to and from school twice a day, Theo grew up seeing Mr. Gabe day in and day out.  With great pleasure Theo was part of the original crew of kids to attend Homegrown, Gabe and his wife Cristen‘s home based Montessori school in South Austin.  It has been a real pleasure seeing how Gabe has embraced designing his own, intimate school.  He and the children have grown and developed together, he following their lead and they following his.  Balance Bike rides through the neighborhood, song, campfires during the winter, and fixing things, healthy meals, cozy naps, and wild animals (box turtle, porcupine, hawk, lizard, snake, banana spider) passing through are all part of a day at Homegrown.  Gabe wears many hats… today a birthday hat! but other times it is a classic fedora on the stage singing his heart out with his band Lost Soul Review… anyway, what a gift it has been for our family and our boys to have him in their lives.  Oh! man! I totally didn’t even mention Boys Camp and the urban adventures that take place with a pack of 6-12 year olds in the heat of Austin summer!  Well, the list goes on!  Thanks Gabe for all that you do for our community~ you are always there for the kids in a gentle, humorous, loving way… and we celebrate that so!  Happy Birthday Friend!



My friend Amelia turned seven on June 23rd, 2013.  I vividly remember my seventh birthday and receiving a beautiful doll named Amy along with a collection of ‘doll clothes’ that once belonged to me (and my sister), probably about 6 months size, laundered and pressed (by my amazing Mom) in a sweet and sturdy basket with a pink baby blanket.  I so cherished this gift and played and played with Amy and adored putting her in the little smocked dresses!  My friend Amelia wears sweet frocks, has long golden hair and sparkly brown eyes. I admire how curious, capable, and strong Amelia is… she loves to try new things and approaches what ever it is with grace, style, and a joyful spirit!





crafter, stitcher, and sewer


sweet friend
(especially to baby theodore)

…thank you Amelia for your friendship~

Happy Birthday Sister Mary!

My dear older sister Mary celebrates her birthday tomorrow, May 20th. She is an amazing Mom to 2 lovely girls, beautiful writer & quilter , runs a dude ranch in Southern Arizona with her husband Charley. Mary has her masters degree in Environmental Studies and puts those skills to use regularly with the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance. I have had the pleasure of visiting her (& her family) 3 times over the past 6 months. It has been a real treat to spend time together and be in her dynamic world (I didn’t even scratch the surface listing all the the things she accomplishes in a day)! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY… thanks for being such a wonderful sister~ your strong spirit, warm heart, and incredible work ethic are great inspiration to me.