Please start by telling us about yourself!
My name is Kimberly Cartier, I grew up in Northern Virginia and moved here a couple years ago. So I live in Downtown Fredericksburg, actually right down the street from here!
What did you do in Northern Virginia?
I grew up there with my family and decided to check down south. Every time that I was visiting Fredericksburg, I loved it. I love the community and love walking around. Everyone is so friendly, you just walk down the street and see five of your friends. It’s just such a nice place.
What other things do you do around town here?
I discovered Downtown Greens on my runs. So I usually run downtown and that’s how I came upon it. I saw the beautiful flower on the building and wanted to know what it was all about! Thankfully my friend Kaitlyn introduced me to the board and Downtown Greens.
Why were you so attracted to the flower?
It’s just so beautiful. I’m very much into plants. I am a crazy plant lady so I started a little side gig. Due to Covid it’s a little hard, so I haven’t been able to have my plant parties, but Planty of Happiness we try to hook up with breweries downtown and make these cute little terrariums for everyone to take home.
How can we find out more about that?
I have an Instagram page and facebook so if you want to check it out it’s Planty of Happiness!
Are you with other organizations in town?
I love being a part of the community and giving back in any way that I can. I am a part of the Chamber of Commerce, was the social chair of a young professional group, and am also on the Rappahannock Rotary Club the Satellite Edition. For the younger folk, every third Thursday we meet. It’s been a little different with Covid because we have been doing everything digitally. It’s a little weird but we have all gotten used to it.
What’s your favorite thing about Downtown Greens?
So I love everything Downtown Greens does. I didn’t realize that the organization is so involved with kids development and having the youth gardening programs. It’s just really beautiful. For anyone who hasn’t been here, I know there are so many of my friends and family that have never seen the garden. So you guys should come and do the Sip n See this Saturday. Come check out the lower garden and upper garden, it’s just really beautiful.
Why did you accept a board position with us?
So I just really wanted the best way to give back to the community and be more involved. I wanted more people to know about Downtown Greens, so you have to be here and be a part of it to let other people know about all of the great things that you guys do here.
Can you tell us about your favorite plant?
My favorite plant is my monstera. I really love that plant. I think it’s funny that it has the nickname Swiss cheese plant. I’m sure you’ve seen the really big leaves with the cool cut-outs. I’m also a sucko’ for succulents! So those are really great as well.
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