I was raised in an Italian-American family whose members branched out along the Great Lakes from Ashtabula, Ohio, a small town on Lake Erie. My grandmother planted old-fashioned portulacas on (what else?) her back porch, and my great-uncle had a lush vegetable garden brimming with tomatoes, Swiss chard, and hot peppers. Gardens have so many benefits but I believe that a garden must have a soul-that quality that draws you in and makes time stand still.

Informed by my expertise as a professional artist and educator, I am an experienced horticulturist who has worked as a plant records manager, and published writings on art and horticulture. I have cultivated and maintained gardens from the Pacific Northwest to the Northeast, for more than twenty-five years. I am currently completing my horticulture certificate in Sustainable Garden Design at the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture.

I design, plant, and maintain gardens that provide harmonious and unusual colors, textures, and fragrance to a home, apartment terrace, residential, or commercial property. Painterly Gardens also offers landscape plantings to enhance a home or apartment on the market. In addition, I offer horticultural consultation services for architects and other design professionals.

Painterly Gardens works with our clients to design and care for gardens that encompasses their vision, emphasizing successive seasonal interest, native plants wherever possible to attract pollinators, and proper care of the soil. When we pay attention to the soil, everything around us becomes more ecologically balanced.

Envisioning, cultivating, and caring for gardens, no matter how large or small, brings enduring pleasure, the sustenance of learning, and friendship, as well as the opportunity to reconnect to our histories and to appreciate our everyday surroundings more deeply. 

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Salmonberry, Thimbleberry, Wild Buttercup, 2004, watercolor on paper