I studied ornamental horticulture, as it was known then, at the University of Delaware and went on to eventually start my own business. In the meantime, I worked for other landscaping companies and garden centers, and it gave me some very good exposure to the retail aspect of Horticulture. It was during this time I learned about the increased need for specialized horticultural maintenance. So I started my own business and continued that until I saw a position opening at Mt. Cuba Center. I worked there for over eight years where I held the positions of Horticulturist, Woods Path Horticulturist and Director of Horticulture. I was so pleased to care for the Woods Path and put my skills of native plants and naturalistic gardening to excellent use. It
was a beautiful place to work! During this time I expanded my lecturing and did so
extensively here in the US as well as at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Wisley
in the UK. I also had the chance to botanize on behalf of Mt. Cuba and experience
much professional development. All in all, it was an incredible learning experience.
In October of 2013, I resigned at Mt. Cuba Center and accepted the Director of
Horticulture position at the newly-forming Delaware Botanic Gardens. Thus far, it is
a volunteer position until the new garden can procure funding, however we are making
great progress. Every donation helps! So, in the interim, I continue to provide
horticultural services, from garden maintenance and consulting to lecturing on a wide
variety of topics. Check out my Lectures page!