Betsy Ekholm received her bachelor's degree in English from Gordon College and worked at Pearson Custom Publishing until her love of plants stole her away from the publishing world. She has been working in gardens since her youth, always admiring and caring for plants whenever she could. Ekholm worked at Tranquil Lake Nursery for seven years and took the URI Master Gardener course during that time. She then followed her love of plants to Boston, where she interned at the Arnold Arboretum. From there, Ekholm moved on to Schartner Farms, growing perennials and annuals. In 2013, her love of gardening drew her to Blithewold, where she began as an intern. She is now a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and on staff full time.