Tony is passionate about preserving his heritage especially the uses of native plants for food, medicine, weapons, tools, and ceremonial. His personal garden contains many of the plants used by the Cherokee prior to the “Trail of Tears”. Each week he will be highlighting a significant plant and its relationship to our culture and history.
Tony is an active citizen of the Cherokee Nation, being born and raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He graduated from Northeastern State University, originally a Cherokee University located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He is also active in the following organizations: Georgia Trail of Tears Association, Georgia Native Plant Society, and Cobb County Master Gardeners. He is a frequent speaker at local historical, civic, and garden clubs. He has also spoken at the National Cherokee Ethnobotany Conference and the National Park Service. In 2013 Tony received The Conservation Award presented by the Daughters of the American Revolution.