I have been designing landscapes for 25 years, working on large developments, subdivisions, wetlands restoration, public gardens and residential design. These days, I gravitate toward residential design and green projects, with the goal of creating beauty and inspiring awe, while doing right by the environment. Residential design allows me to indulge in planting design, as well as the more typical practice of site design, construction and drainage. As an avid gardener, I am interested in all garden styles, from the simplicity of a contemporary project to the constantly changing mixed border of an English garden. From more urban areas such as my home town, to more open and rural areas, I enjoy creating landscapes that are particular to the surroundings, and that take advantage of existing views.
I am based in Morristown New Jersey and Shandanken NY, but my work takes me further afield. My husband and I have a home in the Catskills and there is nowhere I’d rather be when i need to recharge and renew my mind and spirit. The natural beauty of the forested mountains and flowing streams inspire me and confirm my passion for creating sustainable landscapes wherever I have the opportunity.
As an environmentalist, it is important to me that our landscapes are environmentally sustainable and will cause no harm to future generations. My landscapes have always been "green", and now with the increased interest in stewardship to our planet, my clients are reflecting my beliefs. There are many ways to be ecologically sensitive, such as eliminating exotic invasive plants from our design vocabulary, installing rain gardens to clean runoff before it reaches the storm drain, capturing rainwater to irrigate gardens, and minimizing our carbon footprint by using local materials.
I believe gardens should be therapeutic. Anything of beauty makes a person respond with awe, and this is the response I want to evoke with my landscape designs. It is an emotion like love or fascination, and adds richness to our lives. Awe creates a form of mental concentration equal to a meditative state, allowing other areas of the brain to rest. This blissful state adds to our quality of life and improves our mental health, both so important to our success as humans especially with the busy lives we lead today.
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