My Garden Journey

I didn't grow up with a green thumb.  I spent much of my youth on the California beach trying to get a tan (I didn't have too much success with my fair skin and freckles).   In fact, I didn't start to get  interested in gardening until my husband and I moved into our first home in Phoenix, AZ in 1992.

Showing my sister the rose bushes in our first home in 1992.
It was an older home with lots of old rose bushes, a large lawn, California Fan Palms and citrus trees.  I was eager to start planting even more plants and perused plant catalogs and put in my orders.  I was surprised when most of what I had planted, died.  I didn't know why, so I decided to check out some gardening books at our local library.  I soon realized that I had planted the wrong type of plants for the desert garden.  But, the books also opened up for me a new world of what beautiful plants that would thrive in our dry climate.  It didn't take long for me to become hooked on gardening....

I received my degree in Urban Horticulture from Arizona State University.  During that time, I interned at the Water Conservation Office for the City of Mesa.  After graduation, I began working as a horticulturist right way for a golf course management company and later caring for the golf course and landscape areas of an adult community.

Working as a horticulturist on a golf course 15 years ago. 
During my time working on golf courses, I earned my ISA Certified Arborist certification, which I have held since 2004.  
I don't climb in the trees, but I do instruct people on how to care for their them ;-)

After working at golf courses, I decided to change direction and concentrate on designing new landscapes.  I worked as a landscape designer for a major landscape design and install company, working primarily with major home builders, spending time with new home buyers and helping them to realize their goals for their new landscapes.

I currently work as a landscape consultant, certified arborist and freelance garden writer where I love to help people learn how to create beautiful, low-maintenance, drought tolerant landscapes in the desert Southwest.

As a horticulturist, I am passionate about coming alongside people and take the 'mystery' out of gardening, giving them simple tools and guidelines so that they can move forward to creating the landscape of their dreams.


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