Georgia Hilmer: Growing up in New York City, what were your formative encounters with nature like? Do you have early plant memories that have shaped your sensibility?
Liza Lubell: My mom always had plants in the house and often had her hands dirty. Plants, dirt, and flowers were all very familiar in our city home. I spent a lot of time in Central Park and Riverside Park growing up and was enchanted with the seasonality of New York. My mom always motivated me and my brothers to get outside. I recall experiencing the thrill of early spring from a young age. I think all the concrete helped me appreciate nature: without an excess of it, each moment amongst plants felt precious, special, and cherished.