Outdoorsy Black Women Spotlight: Getting To Know Amber aka The Garden Nomad

My name is Amber {@thegardenomad}. I’m rooted in the south and have the spirit of an explorer. I co-create with nature as an Experience Curator and Floral Designer. I utilize my passion for creative storytelling and floral artistry to capture moments and raise awareness about things that matter.

What was your introduction to the outdoors? 

My first experience was sparked in my youth, I spent countless hours in my backyard that was full of trees and pretended I was Pocahontas. When I was in elementary school we were encouraged to join a club and I joined the environmental club just so I could be outside.

Have you always felt like you belonged or felt safe in outdoor spaces? If not, how did you overcome those situations? 

I’ve always felt safe outdoors being in nature gives me a sense of reassurance that’s hard to obtain in the unpredictability of everyday life. I’m continuously seeking out natural spaces as a comfort and as a place of peace. 

How has the outdoors changed your life? 

The outdoors has changed my life in so many ways. The first way is from a physical standpoint,it’s where I’ve experienced some of my best workouts and physical challenges.I’ve received some of my greatest inspiration for designs and life in general in nature. Therapeutically, it has been a game changer. I’ve released so much stress and gained a level of healing that I can’t really explain in words. Anytime I’ve gone through a rough time I can always depend on the unspoken healing benefits of nature to help me find my balance again, just by being present.

What are some of your favorite outdoor activities? 

Currently, my favorite outdoor activity is hiking/exploring but I want to evolve into other areas like rock climbing and camping.

Any outdoorsy goals for the future? 

My outdoorsy goals includes a long list and continues to change each year but I would like to road trip to all the national parks in the US and travel to all the nature reserves around the world.

What does having a community like Outdoorsy Black Women mean to you? 

It’s a pleasure to be a part of a community of women with a similar passion and appreciation for outdoor recreation. Especially women of color, representation is important across the board and that includes outdoor experiences. Communities like Outdoorsy Black Women are helping to change the narrative, dismiss stereotypes and contribute to the impact of a more inclusive outdoors.

What advice do you have for anyone that’s new to the outdoor world?     

Just do it. Start by finding a local greenway trail in your community and explore, bring a friend if you don’t feel safe. You will be amazed what you can discover in your own backyard. You will leave inspired and feeling accomplished.

What’s your must see outdoor destination? 

I want to embark on a jungle adventure in Costa Rica or New Zealand that will include ziplining and experience my first safari at Kruger National Park in South Africa.

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