I like to ask questions and solve problems. I have a clean house and a messy garage. The smell of thyme reminds me of my grandmother’s garden. I love animals and nature. I like rich, saturated colors. I’m observant. I talk to my dog…a lot.
I speak my mind. I like figuring out how things are connected. One of my favorite books is Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. I think it is very important to have art in our lives. I love to cook and share meals with family and friends. I agree with Dorothy Parker: “getting old isn’t for sissies”. I find the sound of moving water very calming.
Random artists on my iPod: Yo Yo Ma, Elvis Costello, Thelonius Monk, The White Stripes, Thievery Corporation. I like learning and trying new things. I love watching my kids grow up; I think they’re amazing. I walk for an hour every day. I don’t like snakes but I am always delighted when I see them in the garden. At the end of every day I find I have much to be thankful for.
A lifelong love and respect for the outdoor world has led me to landscape design as a career choice. I am fascinated by the complexities of the natural world and truly enjoy the challenge of merging man with nature. Gardening has always been a part of my life. Throughout my childhood I helped in our produce based garden and orchard. I also spent treasured hours in my grandparents’ Japanese garden (featured twice in Sunset magazine) as well as watching and, if I was lucky, helping my grandmother with her other hobbies, Bonsai and Ikebana.
As an adult, gardening at my own homes has always been my favorite past time. Growing up with my philosopher father and art historian mother provided many opportunities to question and discuss our experiences and observations. We also spent many an afternoon in museums and galleries. This lent greatly toward developing my communication and observation skills as well as my aesthetic sensibilities.
I have 20 years of experience working with clients both inside and outside of their homes in a variety of capacities. This has taught me how to really listen and ask questions as well as how different people really are from how we initially perceive them to be. I find it very rewarding to collaborate with my clients in improving the quality of their lives.