What Did Your Mom Teach You About the Outdoors?

Posted on May 8, 2021

From the Yardzen crew to you, the best advice our moms gave us about nature, and the memories we hold dear.


Yardzen CEO, Allison Messner, with her daughter Coco

Yardzen CEO, Allison Messner, with her daughter Coco


Taylor giving her mom a lift

Taylor giving her mom a lift

“Being barefoot in the grass, a creek, or any surface connection to earth will make you feel rooted and alive; That there is always time to stop and smell flowers and you should certainly go out of your way to do so; That hugging a tree really will boost your mood, (as well as the tree’s) and that sunshine is a healing elixir. She’s my willow tree.” – Taylor, Client Success Manager

“My mom has always told me if I’m stressed out or need to ground myself to go to the beach and watch the waves for a while. She always says to take a deep breath outside and enjoy every ounce of the outdoors I can get. It’s healing.”

– Shirley, Client Success Manager


Jack with his family

Jack with his family

“Whether through competitive cornhole games, building snow forts with my brothers and I to prepare for snowball fights, or showing us her new favorite hike when we would visit home during college, my mom has always made it a point to instill in us the same love and appreciation for nature that she has.” – Jack, Data Analyst

“There is no such thing as a bad green thumb. There is only room to learn and grow, and once you do, your plants will too.” Oh, and, “Don’t throw dirt at your brother.”

– HG, People Operations Coordinator


Adam, hiding in his mom’s home-grown pumpkin

Adam, hiding in his mom’s home-grown pumpkin

“My earliest memories were digging in my mom’s garden in Michigan. She grew a little bit of everything. Including pumpkins big enough to eat little kids, me in this case. I hope that what we’re growing here at Yardzen makes her proud.”

– Adam, COO & CoFounder

“My mom was a teacher, so she had every Summer off and would spend it in the garden. Those three months of freedom after 9 months of being in a classroom with kids was her true happy place – and mine, too. That time we spent together was so valuable, and now every time I spend time in my own garden I’m taken back to those memories.”

– Lisa, Client Success Manager

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