I got my education as a chef, and spent about 25 years in the “high end” catering and country club world. I was always an avid hobby gardener, first on the coast of Massachusetts, then in Charleston, and later in Atlanta. My gardens ran the gamut from a little rose garden in Salem, Massachusetts, to a 30th floor terrace in midtown Atlanta.
A few years ago, I decided it was time to take the plunge and get serious about gardening, and I slowly transitioned out of the party business. That’s a whole story in itself…..
Now I spend my days working as a private gardener, with most of my hours being at one large residential property. The estate has a great mix of woodlands, formal gardens, organic vegetables and herbs, and a pretty cool Victorian-style greenhouse. Since I’m a big believer that one’s profession should follow one’s passion, this is a perfect job for me!
When I’m not gardening for someone else, I’m nurturing my own little suburban plot, focusing mostly on perennials. I’m a Georgia Master Gardener, so I volunteer about 150 hours a year with different garden-education related projects around the area. I also teach a program on container gardening.
When it comes to gardening, I think we have an obligation to help each other make the world more beautiful. I would love to see this space develop into an active conversation about what’s going on in my garden and those of others, sharing experiences good and bad, sharing new insights (and perhaps some old ones that are tried and true), new products we each might encounter, gardening events, etc. It would be awesome to develop a space that nurtures gardeners as much as gardens!