The past six years have been a life-changing journey. When we bought our overgrown two-acre property in rural-suburban New York, I had never grown a plant, never noticed a landscape, and never in a million years dreamed I’d become a gardener, let alone imagine my garden could provide a year’s worth of produce for my family. With the help of my husband—who has cleared the barberry, sculpted the land, built rock walls, and engineered garden spaces—we have transformed a dense thicket of thorny brush into a tiered, multi-themed landscape of beauty, function, and productivity. What started with transplanting a clump of day lilies from a friend’s garden, turned into a hobby, grew into a passion, and changed my life. I’m now a master gardener and mini-farmer who lives to learn, practice, and celebrate all things green. Regardless, I am still learning and still working toward ever-evolving goals of sustainability.


Before: Backyard Spring 2009


After: Wildflower Garden Summer 2014






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