After 20 years designing gardens, growing flowers for my CSA and teaching horticulture I have learned to embrace going with what works. For many reasons, none more than environmental, I believe in sustainable gardens that do the work themselves. Mother Nature knows what to do. So rather than struggling to grow annuals from seed, water maniacally and feed hungry plants I let nature do it. The biggest and most important role I can play in my business is to feed the soil and to encourage natives or plants that thrive on their own once established. Whether I am designing gardens, growing flowers for my CSA, creating installations for an event or teaching horticulture, I strive to use plants that will keep coming back and that tread happily on this earth.
I appreciate flowers that bend toward one another, ramble and tumble and freely self seed into the surrounding garden. I love stems that curve, and vines that climb to then cascade and ground covers that act as mulch. I think all gardens should be cutting gardens and flowers should be encourage to be picked.
My garden design business has over the years become unique because after I design and install a garden I then often stay with that garden doing maintenance for years to come. I have been working in many of the same gardens for 10 plus years. I try to teach my clients that gardens are a living piece of art and are never done.
My flower CSA is unusual in that I grow flowers on a very small residential lot. I want to prove that one can grow ‘a lot’ of flowers in a small lot.