About

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  • Certificate: Horticulture from the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley, UK.
  • Designer: Fifteen years experience designing gardens large and small for privacy, functionality and year-round beauty.
  • Gardener: Intensive, succession gardening experience at my own home gardens, Gilmore Gardens and Havenwood Gardens.
  • Photographer:
    • The Plant Lover’s Guide to Primulas (Timber Press/Kew, 2016)
    • The Perennial Matchmaker (Rodale, 2016).
    • Promotional photography: Urban Accessories
    • Container planting and photography featured in Fine Gardening Magazine (2012)
    • Featured multiple times on Fine Gardening’s Garden Photo of the Day.
  • Writer: Eight years for my internationally-read garden blog, Wife, Mother, Gardener.
  • Speaker: Gardens for the Health and Wellness of Communities; The Making of Gilmore Gardens; Garden Design: A Workshop; Gardening to Become More Human.
  • Nursery Work: Four years commercial plant propagation, growing and sales.
  • Correspondence class with world-renown British garden designer, John Brookes; practicum classes with American garden designer, Gordon Hayward.
  • Day Course with Fergus Garrett at Great Dixter, UK
  • Over seventeen years extensive self study of world renown gardeners/garden designers, including Christopher Lloyd, Rosemary Verey, Vita Stackhill-West, Laurence Johnston, Claude Monet, William Robinson, Beth Chatto, Margery Fish, Gertrude Jekyll, John Brookes, Piet Oudolf, Tom Stuart-Smith and many others.

Design Philosophy

Here are a few of the design principles that I consider when creating a garden:

  • Form always follows function; this creates a garden that you love to be in, as well as look at. 
  • Plantings that include many different types of plants (evergreens, bulbs, annuals, ground covers) can create dynamic displays that last year round.
  • Plantings help situate your home in its surroundings, to make it look like it belongs.
  • Layers in plantings & proportionate garden beds create garden area that are pleasing to the eye.
  • Fragrance, sound and movement add interest and depth to a garden.
  • Ecological responsibility Sustainable and knowledgeable planting choices save time and money in maintenance.

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