Barbara Palmer is a former teacher who hails from Grey County. Hiking the Bruce Trail on a school trip as a child opened her eyes to the natural beauty of her own backyard. This in turn, lead her to be curious about the flora encountered, especially wildflowers, and later ferns. She continues to enjoy hiking, and is fortunate to spend time on the Bruce Peninsula. She is a long time member of the Owen Sound Field Naturalists, with a strong interest in botany.