If you enjoy herbs and organic gardening, you’ll want to meet Ann McCormick, the Herb ‘n Cowgirl. A life-long gardener, she has devoted her time since 1998 to writing and speaking about her favorite subject. Ann is a columnist for Herb Quarterly where she writes the ‘Herbalist Notebook’ and various herbal articles. She also writes feature articles for The Dallas Morning News. In between writing assignments, the Herb ‘n Cowgirl shares her love of herbs and her gardening techniques as a speaker and media guest.
Ann began her gardening experiences in Riverside, California (east of Los Angeles), where she grew up in a house built from foundation to roof by her parents. In the back Dad planted an orchard of apricots, peaches, nectarines, and other summer fruits. Her mother was an enthusiastic gardener, who always had flowers surrounding the family home. The rural community where Ann grew up had turkey farms, horse and cow pastures, and alfalfa fields. Ann remembers cycling long country roads to visit friends and check out an endless supply of book from the nearby library. Among her childhood accomplishments were stringing barbed-wire for cattle pens, hoeing weeds, and mowing the world’s biggest lawn.
In 1982, she met and married Gene McCormick, an ex-Navy guy from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The next sixteen years were their vagabond days, moving an average of once every two and a half years to various places in California and New Jersey following new job assignments in aerospace. In 1998 Ann left her career in aerospace to pursue her interest in herbs, part of her well-planned mid-life crisis. The McCormicks moved to Texas where the family expects to remain for some time. A committed Christian, Ann lives in south Fort Worth with her husband and a varying assortment of dogs.