Hello, and welcome to Tree Vitalize!

Our team of tree lovers have one main goal in mind, to help you understand and love trees as much as we do!

By empowering you with information about tree planting, care and selection, as well as the diverse benefits of trees, we hope to inspire you to plant your own tree.

In doing so, you will begin to more clearly understand that beyond being essential for our survival, trees really do enrich our lives in so many ways.

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meet the team

Fern Berg Founder of TreeVitalize

Fern Berg

Tree Expert & Founder

Fern has planted and currently cares for over 100 different native and exotic fruit, nut, and ornamental trees.

She also cultivates an extensive vegetable garden, several flower gardens and cares for an ever-growing happy family of indoor plants.

Fern has a special interest in biodynamic farming, food production and closed loop agriculture and is currently in the process of becoming a certified horticulturist.

She founded Tree Vitalize to help guide others with an interest in tree planting, identification and care.

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Lyrae Willis

Environmental Scientist & Plant Ecologist

Lyrae grew up in the forests of BC, Canada, where she got a BSc. in Environmental Sciences.

Her whole life, she has loved studying plants, from the tiniest flowers to the most massive trees.

She is currently researching native plants of North America and spends her time traveling, hiking, documenting, and writing.

When not researching or writing, she is homeschooling her brilliant autistic son, who travels with her and benefits from a unique hands-on education about the environment around him.

Shannon Campbell

Shannon Campbell

Off-Grid Gardener & Food Forager

Shannon has loved looking after trees and plants for as long as she can remember. She grew up gardening with her family in their off-grid home and looking after her neighbor’s plant nursery.

As a child she also participated in native tree replanting, and as an adult has volunteered in reforestation programs in northern Vietnam. Today, she puts her horticultural efforts into tending her vegetable and herb gardens, and learning about homesteading and permaculture.

When she’s not reading, writing, and gardening, she’ll be out fishing and foraging for edible flora and fungi in the countryside around her home.

Peyton Warmack-Chipman

Peyton Warmack-Chipman

Environmental Politics & Permaculture Enthusiast

Peyton considers trees not just as plants that provide shade or yummy fruits, but as necessary for a healthy life and community.

Peyton has done most of her research on environmental politics, but recently has shifted her focus towards actual agricultural practices, learning about ideas like agroforestry, food forests, and permaculture gardening.

She’s most often in the kitchen whipping something up, but otherwise can be found on long bike rides or doing research.

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Eliza Gail Tiongson

Conservation Enthusiast & Plant Hobbyist

Eliza is a plant hobbyist from the botanically diverse country of the Philippines. She grew up surrounded by trees, farms, and all sorts of flora which sparked her passion for the conservation of nature.

When Eliza is not busy reading and writing about plants, you will find her digging and growing in the garden where she feels the happiest.

She equally loves animals, cosmology, books, music, and art.

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Thomas Pitto

Propagation Expert & Permaculture Enthusiast

Thomas has worked for a number of years as the head of plant propagation for a horticultural contractor taking care of many different species of ornamental trees & shrubs.

He learned how to propagate certain endangered endemic species and has a love of permaculture, sustainability and conscious living.

When Thomas isn’t hiking in nature he can be found playing music, reading a book, or eating fruit under a tree.

Elaina Garcia

Elaina Garcia

Green Thumb & Homesteader

Elaina has had her hands on the Earth since she was little. For over a decade, she’s been tending gardens and learning about plants and trees.

A seasoned writer with a green thumb, Elaina loves to write about everything from gardening and homesteading to health and wellness.

When she’s not in the garden, you can find her in the chicken coop, with her rabbits, or somewhere in the woods with her cats and dog.

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Kenique Ivery

Global Green Thumb & Expert Gardener

Kenique grew up in Florida and currently lives in southern China. Before China, he spent many years in Portugal and the Caribbean.

Since he was knee-high, he has been gardening and was an active member of FFA (Future Farmers of America).

He is his best self in a densely wooded forest or park.

Depending on the day, you can find him reading, hiking, traveling, exercising, sipping lots of tea, or eating everything in sight.

Lakeisha Ethans

Lakeisha Ethans

Heritage Gardener with Grafting Expertise

Lakeisha grew up in East Africa, literally surrounded by nature which sparked her interest in learning more about trees and plants from a very young age.

She belongs to a family of gardeners, so for her, gardening is a way of life. As a self-taught gardener, Lakeisha has successfully grafted trees to produce hybrids for gardens and landscapes.

When she’s not gardening, she’s writing about her experience with nature or watching baking fails.

Sophia Martinez

Sophia Martinez

Organic & Sustainable Gardening Enthusiast

Sophia has cultivated her gardening skills over the past decade, focusing on the care of both ornamental and fruit-bearing trees.

Her deep understanding of sustainable gardening practices stems from a lifelong passion for nature and plant life.

Beyond her professional life, Sophia spends her leisure time engaged with the natural world.

She enjoys birdwatching and nature photography, capturing the intricate beauty of the ecosystems around her.

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Kira Nash

Eco-Conscious Nature Enthusiast

Kira Nash lives with her family in the sunny French countryside amidst bees and swallows.

A writer, editor and artist by trade, she also teaches creative meditation. She’s passionate about nature and ecology and tries to live as green a life as possible.

In her spare time, she surfs, reads, and plays with her cats, although not usually all at once.

She loves tea a little too much.

Our Mission

By empowering you with information about planting and caring for trees, we hope to inspire you to plant your own.

When you begin to understand the diverse benefits of trees, we believe you will come to love them as much as we do!

Tree selection

tree planting

tree care

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