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PROFESSIONAL HISTORY :

GENERAL  ART  &  DESIGN  CONSULTATION 

SPECIALIZING IN  LANDSCAPE DESIGN


CREATING NEW DESIGNS FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SPACES, from large to small scale, to create beautiful environments that really work for life ....and lift the heart and nurture the spirit.


  • MATCHING  THE CUSTOMER'S STYLE  to create a design that truly fits them
  • BRINGING FRESH VISION to renew old landscapes that have gone stale or  just "don't work any more"
  • COMING UP WITH CREATIVE,  "OUT OF THE BOX"  SOLUTIONS to turn problem areas into surprising gems
  • WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NATURE to create beautiful habitats that feel like sanctuaries for the people who live there and their favorite wildlife
  • GUIDING TOTAL INSTALLATIONS to make sure quality in craftsmanship and the overall aesthetic integrity of the design is maintained


  • 1997 CERTIFICATE IN HERBACEOUS PLANTS with Honors , GEORGE WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES, LANDSCAPE DESIGN PROGRAM, Washington  D.C.
  • 1971- 1974  BS, FINE ART, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, Athens, Georgia                   Magna Cum Laude
  • Present - 1996  FREE LANCE LANDSCAPE DESIGNER
  • 2015 - 2008   FREE LANCE LANDSCAPE DESIGNER Working largely  in affiliation with THROUGH THE GARDEN INC.
  • COLLABORATIONS WITH OTHER Companies & other DESIGNERS :


               Shin Abe of ZEN ASSOCIATES,  Boston, MD & Washington DC

               Amy Gardner of Garner Gardner Mohr Architects LLC, Silver Spring, MD

               Chuck Browning of Browning Pools,  Germantown, MD

               Don Jump of HARMONY PONDS , Lorton, VA

               Craig Garten of HOMESTEAD DEVELOPMENT CO., Sterling,VA

               Christy Morales of TRILLIUM LANDSCAPING, Frederick, MD

               Scott Scarfone of OASIS DESIGN GROUP, Baltimore, MD

               Chuck Dod Of C DOD LANDSCAPES, Falls Church, VA

   

         THIS IS MY LIFE'S GREAT PASSION.  IT BRINGS TOGETHER WHAT I LOVE MOST :

       ART,  NATURE  AND  CREATING A BEAUTIFUL SENSE OF SANCTUARY IN THIS WORLD.

 

        I come to this work from a Fine Art background. I started out as a painter, but kept getting restless

    in my studio and wandering out into my garden, so I realized that I really wanted to work in full 3D in all

    the elements of nature.  That was about 20 years ago and I haven’t really looked back since.


    My clients were impressed with my artistic approach to landscaping, so my practice grew by word of mouth. 

    I love working with people to  come up with artistic solutions that will transform their personal spaces into
    places that will inspire them and enrich their day to day lives. I supplemented my professional training with

    courses from George Washington University Landscape Design program but my “in the trenches” experience

    working as a free lance designer in the Landscape  'Design and Build' trade has been invaluable training for

    me.  It also has brought out in me the kind  of seasoned toughness, flexibility and tenacity that it takes to

    maintain a clear artistic vision and push for the highest quality in craftsmanship throughout the installation

    that it takes to achieve it. 


                        AND THANKFULLY, OVER THE YEARS,  I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ASSEMBLE  A WONDERFUL TEAM

     OF  ARTISAN  LEVEL CONTRACTORS WHO ARE TRUE KINDRED SPIRITS SO I LOVE WORKING WITH

     THEM TO BRING  MY DESIGNS TO LIFE.

 

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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:  


  • 2015 Listed in top 15 Landscape designers in Washington Home & Design Magazine's 2015 TOP 100 DESIGNERS as presented in their Special edition PORTFOLIO Magazine
  • 2015  LCA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LANDSCAPING ( By Landscape Contractors Association  of MD, VA, DC)  for Nature Preserve Backyard Haven, Outdoor Living Space in Potomac, MD
  • 2013 LCA GRAND AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LANDSCAPING for restoration, renovation and maintenance of  Barbara Truland - Butz Rooftop Garden at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital 
  • 2013 Inducted into Home & Design Magazine's 2013-14 TOP 100 DESIGNERS in DC metro area, presented in PORTFOLIO, A Special edition Magazine, presenting the best area designers
  • 2012 LCA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LANDSCAPING for Residential Outdoor Living Area
  • 2010 AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN from the American Horticulture Society at River Farm
  • 2008 MEMBER OF DESIGN TEAM WITH THE OASIS DESIGN GROUP FOR THE BARBARA TRULAND-BUTZ ROOFTOP GARDEN AT SHADY GROVE ADVENTIST HOSPITAL which has won numerous national awards including the 2012 National Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Personally designed Zen Garden section of the garden
  • 2002 RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN SEEN ON HGTV's HOUSE HUNTERS for Kirkbride Residence
  • 2001 RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN Restoration of a Moss Garden Included in DC TOUR OF HISTORIC HOMES
     


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AWARDS  &  NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS :  

  •  LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION MD, DC, VA
  •  AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
  •  GARDEN CONSERVANCY, DC, VA, MD area
  •   Founding Member  NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS