I grew up around plants. My mother and both grandmothers nurtured my interest in gardening by sending me out into the garden—to weed on hot summer afternoons. But I loved it. That, coupled with hours exploring the woods near my house and building forts out of wild rose branches, led to my first design project—designing my ultimate treehouse. I now knew what I wanted to do.
It wasn’t until college when a survey of architectural history put a name to my future career. Landscape architecture combines my love of art, botany and environmental studies. I still consider myself lucky that I get to do what I love for a living!
I moved to Washington, DC in 1999 to pursue my new career, only planning to stay a year or two. But 13 years later I’m still exploring my craft in DC, which has now become my home.
I love the variety of disciplines that make up landscape architecture. Everything from urban planning to sociology to stormwater management falls under its wide umbrella. I see many opportunities here in the DC area to embrace that diversity—particularly in the growing field of sustainability. While sustainability has become something of a cliché, the sentiment behind it—that designs should work now and in the future—will never be trite.
When I design a garden space, large or small, I like to include a sense of time and continuity. Whether it’s acknowledging the history of a particular place or building in a design, or thinking further ahead to how the design will work in ten, twenty or a hundred years, it is important for me to incorporate the long view in all of my work. I consider how the water systems will work, how large trees will shade the house, but also how they will ultimately shade other plants around them. Gardens are fascinating because they are always changing, but their basic structure should be designed for the long term.
I look forward to working with my clients to realize the potential of their spaces. Please contact me for a landscape consultation.