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 .
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 has just been released (Timber Press, 2019).
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.