Our Prairie People – June 1st
Each Wednesday in June we’ll be posting a feature about one of our marvelous members, in celebration of “Our Prairie People.” This is our first entry!
Owner, Ecoblossom Nursery and Happy Gardens Landscape Design
NPAT Member since 2018
Her first monthly gifts started just after she opened her new online nursery in the fall of 2018. Since then, Anna Hurst and her customers have donated almost $1,000 to NPAT, giving back even more than she already does to the cause of preserving native plants and biodiversity.
Anna moved to the U.S. in the early 2000’s and started her Happy Gardens landscape design business in 2008. She launched her online nursery, Ecoblossom, because she couldn’t find the native plants she has always loved at nurseries in Fort Worth.
Ecoblossom sources plants from other growers and sells through Anna’s online store. She built her own beautiful website that also educates so customers will be happy with their purchase. Buyers now come to her from all over Texas, not just from the DFW metro area. She delivers locally or customers can pick up their order on-site in West Fort Worth, where she and her husband reside.
Anna discovered NPAT through her desire to build healthy ecosystems and native habitats for wildlife. She also gives customers the choice to direct 5% of their purchase to several other local conservation nonprofits. She wants to build awareness of NPAT and all of these fine organizations.
While Anna certainly loves the showy flowers, she has a special appreciation for prairie grasses and would like to see more folks incorporating them into their garden landscapes. They are valuable to wildlife, look better over the winter, hold the soil together, and add texture.
Anna is not only interested in protecting biodiversity, but also in conserving resources and reducing waste. She said, “We are burying ourselves in plastic and garbage. I haven’t taken a plastic bag from a grocery store in over ten years. I always bring my own.” Bravo, Anna. Every effort to be more sustainable matters. Especially buying more native plants!
Thank you, Anna, for your dedication to our mission. We are grateful for all of our marvelous members!