I was born and raised here in Fort Collins, Colorado. My parents maintained a large garden and a hobby greenhouse and I inherited a green thumb. I earned my AAS degree in Horticulture from Front Range Community College in 2008. I am now providing Fort Collins Landscape Design plans for the DIY homeowner.
I am an avid gardener; herbaceous perennials are my favorite type of plant. There is not a corner of our ½ acre property my husband and I have not improved over the past 16 years! We maintain a small orchard; growing apples, sweet cherries, sour cherries and raspberries. I also keep a small vegetable garden. Together we have built trellises and benches, laid flagstone, installed a fence, constructed a gravel driveway, both removed and planted trees and shrubs, and made numerous changes to our sprinkler system. I built a very nice overflow fountain and, of course, I have planted a multitude of flowering perennials and bulbs! Our Fort Collins landscape design work has given me the chance to learn by trial and error and I am excited to pass on my experiences to my clients.
I consider myself a plant collector. (My son calls me a “plant hoarder.” I think that’s a bit extreme.) I love to try new combinations and experiment. I’m saddened when my plants succumb to disease or pests, but I consider these learning opportunities. I’m delighted when the herbaceous perennials return in the spring and intrigued as the trees and shrubs prepare for winter each autumn. As much as I love my yard, I understand that not everyone wants to spend all of their time tending the plants in their yard.
My true passion is container gardening. When our family weekend camping trips were really taking a toll on my potted plants, I solved the problem by researching and installing a drip irrigation system on my patio, giving birth to Patio Plants Unlimited, my interrelated business.
Please check out the website for Patio Plants Unlimited as well!