Teri Speight, author of “Black Flora: Profiles of Inspiring Black Flower Farmers + Florists," answered your questions about earth-friendly gardening on Thursday. Now a master gardener, Speight’s love of flowers began in her parents’ garden in the Riggs Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. She later started a small garden maintenance business, became the senior gardener for the City of Fredericksburg, and worked as a water wise technician advising on proper fertilizer use. She is the urban gardening chair for National Garden Clubs and founder and president of the Jabali Amani Garden Collective, a garden club for African American women. Speight has shared her tips for sustainable gardening on her blog, Cottage in the Court, for nearly 17 years. Currently, she is enjoying watching her peonies unfurl and working on a cut flower farm in her backyard in District Heights.
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Helen Carefoot, writer and editorial aide for the Lifestyle section, produced this Q&A.