Read more about me and my work: Botanist Gemma Milly Lives Among the Trees
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth DeCicco
I am a botanist, ecologist, and artist based in Ewing, New Jersey.
I am driven by a need to understand and protect the natural lands that have provided me with inspiration, refuge, and a grounded sense of home throughout my life. I believe in the processes of observation through deliberate monitoring, exploring techniques to improve plant community health, and assessing the results of every step along the way. It brings me joy to share with others the excitement and wonder I find in nature.
I came to know plants through play as a child. As a teenager, I began noticing different species and explored propagation. As I journeyed through jobs with farmers, land stewards, and biologists, my interests progressed from horticulture to conservation to ecology. I loved plants more every year.
Now, in addition to providing services as a consultant, I am a Land Steward at Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space where I study and support native plant communities of northwestern Mercer County, NJ. I earned my B.S. from Rutgers University in the department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources.