Born in England, I grew up with a trowel in my hand.
After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 I joined one of the leading garden nurseries as a garden plant specialist. Helping hundreds of customers create beautiful combinations of plants to enhance their outdoor living spaces was always a delight. Ten years later I established Le jardinet in order to provide a service that takes all the time, stress and guesswork out of the design process for you.
In the recent past I have taught container gardening at Edmonds Community College, and continue to teach both container and landscape design in occasional workshops and events as well offering a range of online learning opportunities .
With excellent reviews on the Great Garden Speakers website, I frequently give presentations at flower & garden shows, trade conferences, horticultural organizations, nurseries, and garden clubs, and now extend my passion for sharing great gardens by leading garden tours in the United States, England and farther afield.
When I’m not teaching garden design or talking about it I am usually writing about it, and my articles and designs have been featured in many national gardening publications including Fine Gardening, Country Gardens, Sunset, and Garden Design. I have co-authored two books with Christina Salwitz: the award winning Fine Foliage (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013) and the highly acclaimed Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017), while my latest book Deer-Resistant Design (Timber Press, 2019) is popular with deer=challenged gardeners everywhere.
Specializing in creating artistic plant combinations with a four season foliage framework, functional outdoor living spaces and deer resistant, summer-dry designs, it would give me great pleasure to help you create your perfect jardinet and share my love of gardening with you.