Original, creative landscape architect & garden design course author
My Commitment and Credentials
You'll get lots of thoughtful, uncommon, exclusive ideas and suggestions from me. You can get inspiration and duplication from Pinterest, Instagram, and plenty of blogs. What I bring is a distinct creative SPARK! with enthusiasm (and sometimes a bit of silliness). That creativity is tempered with a commitment to
two-way communication, especially listening,
a specific plan for how we will work together,
a design product and services we've agreed on, and
We'll confirm our common expectations for the result, then I will meet deadlines and provide the plans and documents that I've committed to produce for you.
I'm a landscape architect, a lifelong creative, earning my degree from Texas A&M University. My work took me to Pennsylvania and Maryland before coming home to Texas. I have been licensed to practice in Texas since 1992. Creating very special landscape designs with nature-happy homeowners is my life’s love. Thanks for the chance to design for you.
How I Work With You
Ultimately the perfect design is one with YOUR stamp on it, not mine, though. It's tremendous fun to work with homeowners. You and I will explore your kinship with nature using a series of sensory exercises I've developed. Then, I mingle your ideas, dreams, perceptions and capability with the natural world and what I know will work.
That 3D "room" of earth and sky around your home should be a landscape that you love, that you fit into like a comfy chair. Every time you pull in the driveway or sit on the porch or just look out the window, no matter the weather or the season, it should embed itself in your heart.
My Story: In Everything, A Detail Designer
My life pattern has always been in design - from designing my own library and creating doll clothes in grade school to designing continuing education courses for licensed professionals in a corporate career to - finally - taking the leap and launching my landscape architecture practice full-time.
I remember driving down the street one day while in college studying landscape architecture. Suddenly the world flipped! My viewpoint became three-dimensional "rooms" that could be designed by a landscape architect for people to experience as they moved through. What fun this was! How exciting to think of the broad concepts and the finicky details, then make it happen for people!!
After graduation, my career began in an an engineering firm with developers as clients. For me, this turned out to be dull. I didn't mind calculating cut and fill for big box stores or laying out streets in subdivisions. But 3D design, plants, and those all important details that make a beautiful space weren't on the menu much. I slid into learning design as my corporate focus for too many years, with a little residential design work on the side.
But the lure of the side hustle was strong, and eventually Second Summer became full time. What I love, love, love is working out the details of a one-of-a-kind eco-friendly landscape design for the people living in a house - human-scale with SPARK!
Why I Love Native Plants
Natives are always in the midst of a dance party!
Plants love to grow in communities, where they have figured out how to share and help each other. They may all like the same type of soil, acid or alkaline. Then they pick their spot - sunny or shady or partway, wet or moist or dry, rocky or full of compost. When a community of plants is happy, their roots intertwine, they bend and sway with the breeze to pat each other or twist around each other. They are busy moving and growing and grooving and offering homes and food to all the life around them.
Natives do this best. When you plant them, they don't have to wait for the right fertilizer or the right irrigation system to stretch their rooty toes and leafy branch tips and settle in. They get comfy and look for neighbors in their preferred community - more plants, bats and birds and butterflies and other insects.