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■ continued from page 42 BALLANTYNE | feature Giving Nature Lipsey's lifelong interest in plants began when she was a little girl, gardening next to her mother. "My mom is now almost 80 and is still a big gardener," Lipsey says. "She has 48 tomato plants and shares her tomatoes with friends and family." That sense of sharing and community is big in Lipsey's family. Both her mom and one of her sons are avid gardeners, and they all ofer vegetables and cuttings to everyone they know. It's rare, however, that Lipsey cuts fowers to bring indoors. "I think it's mainly because I have so many windows viewing my outdoor gardens that I feel like the garden is already inside with us. It's better than a painting!" Her generous nature extends beyond the garden to her work as a guardian ad litem, a volunteer advocate appointed by the court to support the rights and best interests of a child involved in a court proceeding. Lipsey would like to see others volunteer as well. More than 150 children in Mecklenburg County are in need of a guardian ad litem, she says. Perhaps her philosophy of life can be best summed up in a quote from alternative medicine guru Deepak Chopra that serves as a tagline on her emails: "If we share with caring, lightheartedness and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other. And then this moment will have been worthwhile. " Both her mom and one of her sons are avid gardeners, and they all offer vegetables and cuttings to everyone they know. Conefowers (right) are among many perennials (top) in the lush landscape. 44 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE SPRING 2016