About Carol Becker


Carol Becker is a writer, landscape designer and an accomplished public speaker. After a career in non-profit management consulting, which took her to places all over the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia, she traded in her airline club card for a spade and a pair of garden gloves.

Since 2004, she has consulted with and provided sustainable landscape designs for clients in the Midwest.  Many of her design clients continue to work with her on a consulting basis for years after installation is complete, to enhance their gardens in the many ways you will see highlighted on this website.

As a freelance author, Carol also writes occasional features and news articles for Landscape Architecture Magazine, the official publication of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Carol holds a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from Triton College and an M.A. in English Literature and Writing from Ohio State University. In 2012, she became a Certified Wildlife Landscape Professional with the National Wildlife Federation. In 2014 she received the Polaris Award from the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance (now part of ILCA), in recognition of her lifetime commitment to landscape sustainability, and she also completed her certification as a Landscape for Life™ teacher.

In 2017, Carol began writing and teaching a new landscape design curriculum of 12 classes for the Morton Arboretum, where she is an active member. She is also a member of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA), the American Horticultural Society, and Go Green Park Ridge, a community organization promoting sustainability.