I love working outside and can’t imagine life without a garden. It’s been my vocation, passion, source of entertainment and comfort since I first put my shovel into the soil 40 years ago.
Like my own garden, the horticultural career I chose has morphed through several stages, each one taking me to another level. After studying art in college, I knew I wanted to do something creative but had no idea what that was. I started getting interested in plants when I began collecting houseplants and got hooked into world of plants, inside and out.
Most of my training has been hands on. I got my first gardening job in Maymont Park, a public garden in Richmond, Virginia and later on, landed a position as the head gardener on a private estate in Wilton, Connecticut. After years of honing my skills on the job and getting further training at the New York Botanic Garden, I established my own garden design and maintenance company, which I operated for 25 years, first in Ridgefield, CT. and later in Kent, CT.
When I moved to upstate New York with my husband in 2003, I reinvented myself as a freelance garden writer. I've had articles published in Fine Gardening, American Gardener, Country Gardens, American Nurseryman, The Upstate Gardeners Journal and Rochester Magazine. Writing about gardens spurred me on to develop lectures and teach classes which I began offering at the Rochester Civic Garden Center, a nonprofit horticultural education center. In 2007, I was hired as their executive director, a job that allowed me to continue my work as a garden designer, consultant and lecturer at local events and garden clubs.
I’ve since retired from this job and now I have a lot more time to continue my freelance work and pay attention to my own garden!