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July 29, 2022

Have you always wanted to start a garden, but didn’t know where to begin? Did you get your hands dirty, but then become discouraged after some of your plants died? You are not alone. Your mistakes as an amateur gardener do not make you a failure. In this talk, Gabrielle Butler shares tips that can help you overcome fear of failure in your garden: select plants suited for your geographic region: and reap the benefits of trial, error, and learning, so that you can “go and grow.” Gabrielle Butler is a neurodivergent Black woman whose Christian faith guides her life and interests.

Gabrielle is an honors student (Plant and Soil Science major) at Sam Houston State University. She has completed three internships and is an active member in the Plant and Soil Sciences Club and Soul Lifters Organization. She enjoys learning about new plants, experimenting with growing methods, and working in her parents’ backyard garden. She plans to run a small landscape design firm and later a community-based agricultural co-op. Her life dream is to own a sustainable farm, somewhere warm and sunny, that can feed her family and community.

As a multi-passionate creator, Gabrielle is always trying new hobbies, learning new artistic skills, and expressing herself through cooking, baking, and flower arranging. Her favorite flowers are Magnolias, Ranunculus, and Carnations. She can’t wait to be her family’s florist for weddings and other events. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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