Welcome to my blog. I’m so pleased you’ve found me and I hope you’ll visit often and leave comments on posts you find interesting and provocative.
I am a landscape designer and garden coach based in Stamford, CT (zone 6). I am also an Accredited Organic Landcare Professional, which means you’ll find lots of posts about sustainable garden design, organics, creating habitat gardens and, of course, native plants.
While I have been designing gardens for many years, I launched my own business called Roberts & Roberts Landscape and Garden Design in 2008. I’m a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and sit on both the international Advocvacy Committe and Sustainability Committee. I am also a founding member of the Connecticut chapter of APLD and an active volunteer within the chapter.
I am also proud to be a member of Garden Writers of America. My articles have appeared in regional, state and local publications such as Connecticut Gardener, the Home & Gardens section of Hersam Acorn newspapers, Landscape and Hardscape Design and Minuteman newspapers. I have been featured in Businessweek.com, The Little Green Book of Big Marketing Tips & Tactics for Landscape Professionals and Lowes for Pros magazine.
In addition to writing this blog, I am also a member of an acclaimed group of international garden and landscape designers, The Garden Designers Roundtable, who blog monthly about various garden design topics. If you haven’t checked out the GDRT blog yet, I invite you to do so. Redaing the team’s different perspectives on the same topic is really fascinating.
My interest in creating eco-friendly, sustainable gardens also lead to an invitation to join an esteemed group of biologists, landscape designers, professors, book authors and more from all over North America who share the belief that a healthy environment and healthy planet begins in our own gardens. You can find my posts, along with those of my fellow team members, at Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens.
I additon to writing about garden desgin, I also teach garden design classes through the Greenwich Adult and Continuing Education program.
I’ve been a professional landscape designer for about 10 years but I’ve been gardening for almost as long as I can remember. I grew up in Hoosick Falls, NY and I guess I started my love of gardening with my first transplants from my grandmother’s garden. I started a shade garden in the back of our house with a few Lillies of the Valley ( Convallaria majalis) I took from her garden. Lillies of the valley are still one of my favorite flowers and they grow happily in my current garden.
I am married and have two teenage sons who, no matter how hard I try to get them excited about landscaping and gardening, still see any garden-related activity as a chore. Fortunately I am blessed with a supportive husband who enjoys working in our gardens. Our home sits on approximately one acre of land so we are never short of ‘projects’. He’s always willing to humor me and move trees, shrubs or perennials to ‘new homes’ in our yard since I am always experimenting. I view my gardens as a work in progress – I always wonder ‘What if I…’
With this blog I hope to expose readers to lots of new possibilities…new plants, new garden products, new knowledge, new ideas. I am really looking forward to hearing your comments since the best way to grow is to open ourselves to new ideas.