You’ll find him planning and planting his own landscape, but he’s really interested in everyone else’s experiences in the yard and garden. ‘Everyone has a story to tell, even plants,’ and Mike is most interested in native shade trees like sycamores that grow to become large and stately parts of our surroundings for generations to come. Tell him your story.

Favorite part of the day:
Time with my wife and three daughters at the end of the day.

Do-it-yourself magazines like The Family Handyman. I might even peek at a Better Homes and Gardens.

Best garden advice:
Break a large and overwhelming project into smaller, more manageable projects.