Bonita Atlow was born in Virginia Beach, VA, and at age six starting working on her grandparents farm, spending most of her summer vacation feeding pigs, retrieving eggs from the hen house, and pulling the vegetables from the fields. Pumping well water wasn’t something that Bonita read about in books; it was part of her life. She loved when the seasons would change and the new harvest would appear. Eating fresh strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, shucking corn, and shedding peas helped her understand Mother Nature and cherish family time.
Bo has extensive experience in the business world with public speaking, account management, tax accounting, and childhood education. She has served as a dedicated volunteer with Camp Sunshine for over 20 years, as well as volunteering for her church, school and neighborhood community.
When Bo arrived in Atlanta with her husband in 1987 she set aside her country ways, but not for long. In 1992 she freed the country girl that had been nesting inside when she started her own garden in the backyard of their Chamblee home. At first, she gave fruits and vegetables to family and friends. It seemed the more she gave away the more she received. She gave her produce to a local nonprofit assisting homeless families and Green of Hearts was born.
Bo’s favorite plant is the hydrangea.
Barb's love of gardening and nature has deep Southern roots. Both her parents were raised on North Carolina family farms that relied on the bounty of their vegetable gardens. Spending her free time exploring the creeks, forests and trails of her grandparent's farms nurtured her life-long love and respect of the natural world.
Barb left the corporate world behind several years ago to nurture her own garden (her two amazing daughters) and pursue her passion of growing and supporting communities. She has a robust background in nonprofit fundraising, event management and volunteer support with a variety of nonprofits in the Atlanta area. Barb enjoys reading, cooking (especially with fresh, home-grown ingredients) and escaping the stress of Atlanta city life in the woods and trails of North Georgia. Barb's favorite plant is the mighty Live Oak.
"Grow where you are planted"