Jeff has been a gardener and lover of the natural world all of his life. After converting his yard to native plants of Kansas, he observed great quantities of birds visiting his property. Over 100 bird species have visited his yard in suburban Topeka. He is an enthusiastic teacher that loves sharing his knowledge with others.
As owner of Kansas Native Plants, he consults with property owners to inventory the plants found on their property as well as evaluating their landscapes to use native plants to create better habitat for birds, pollinators and other wildlife.
As a contract botanist for the Chicago Botanical Gardens he has made over 600 collections of seeds of native plants for the Dixon National Tallgrass Prairie Seed Bank. In the process he has discovered a number of species of plants thought to be regionally extinct or not known to occur in the area.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Native Plant Society, Topeka Audubon Society, and Grassland Heritage Society. He is a citizen scientist for Project Feeder Watch & Project Nest Watch.
You may find him leading a wildflower, bird, or nature walk around the Topeka area. He also teaches workshops on making paper from plant fiber at least once a year in Topeka or surrounding communities.