My name is Noelle, otherwise known as ‘AZ Plant Lady’ and I’m a horticulturist, certified arborist, landscape consultant, and garden writer. I have a confession to make – I didn’t grow up with a green thumb. I was too busy spending most of my youth on a California beach trying to get a tan, without too much success with my fair skin and freckles. It wasn’t until I met the man of my dreams and moved to Arizona back in 1986.
We bought our first home in Phoenix, and I was delighted to get to work in the existing garden, which was filled with old rose bushes and citrus trees as well as add new plants. To my dismay, most of what I planted, didn’t survive and somehow, I managed to kill the existing rose bushes. I was determined to learn what went wrong and figure out how to create a beautiful garden in a hot, arid climate.
I decided to go back and finish college, and a few years later, I received my degree in Plant Biology, with a concentration in Urban Horticulture from Arizona State University. After graduation, I began working as a horticulturist right way for golf courses where I was responsible for everything but the grass, which included hundreds of trees, shrubs, perennials, and yes, even cactus.
I had a crew that helped me maintain and plant new areas, but I did a lot of the work myself, which enabled me to learn a lot about what worked and what didn’t in the desert landscape.
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.
Nowadays, I work as a landscape consultant where I love to help people learn how to create beautiful, low-maintenance, drought-tolerant landscapes that thrive in low-desert regions.
I write for a number of publications, including Houzz and Phoenix Home & Garden magazine, as well as speaking to groups about gardening are also part of my job, which I enjoy immensely.
Television and radio are other ways that I get to communicate the joys of gardening in the 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.
My life is filled with family, friends, furry creatures, and my garden. I invite you to learn about the cast of characters in my life, here.
So, I invite you to visit ‘Ramblings From a Desert Garden’ regularly, as well as follow me on social media – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where you will find information and inspiration to create a beautiful outdoor space that will thrive in a hot, arid climate. You can subscribe to future posts by filling out the information on the upper sidebar so you’ll never miss an update!