After a career in non-profit management consulting, which took me to places all over the U.S., and sometimes to Europe, South America, and Asia, I traded in my airline club card for a spade and a pair of garden gloves and got a degree in landscape design and horticulture.

Since 2004, I have been a landscape designer. But I’m still also a consultant at heart, a teacher and writer. My passion now is gardens that bring joy and healing to people and health to the planet.

I’m certified as a wildlife designer by the National Wildlife Federation and trained as a Landscape for Life™ teacher. I write curriculum and teach landscape design at the Morton Arboretum. And, I also speak, publish, and advocate for sustainability in the environment. It’s just my way of saying I love the birds and bees as well as the flowers and trees.

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