Allison Bourke tackles her rocky Connecticut soil with a backhoe, a gift from her mother. She has a soft spot for peonies, dahlias, and Solomon’s seal. For many years, she was an avid student in classes at the New York Botanical Garden, earning her certification in commercial horticulture from the garden, and serves on its horticulture committee. She is a member of the Greenwich Garden Club and is co-chair of Horticulture. Most recently, she joined the board of the Land and Garden Preserve in Seal Harbor, Maine, where she is both head of the facilities committee and co-chair of the Azalea Garden. She joined the Garden Conservancy board of directors in 2009.