Messer Design for Front Garden

My Philosophy

Here are a few of the design principles that I consider when creating a garden:

  • Form always follows function; this creates a garden that you love to be in, as well as look at.
  • Plantings that include many different types of plants (evergreens, bulbs, annuals, ground covers) can create dynamic displays that last year round.
  • Plantings help situate your home in its surroundings, to make it look like it belongs.
  • Layers in plantings & proportionate garden beds create garden area that are pleasing to the eye.
  • Fragrance, sound and movement add interest and depth to a garden.
  • Ecological responsibility
  • Sustainable and knowledgeable planting choices save time and money in maintenance.

My Resume

  • Certificate: Horticulture from the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley, UK.
  • Designer: Twelve years experience designing gardens large and small for privacy, functionality and year-round beauty.
  • Garden Photographer - Published in: The Plant Lover's Guide to Primulas (Timber Press, 2016); The Perennial Matchmaker (Rodale, 2016). Promotional photography: Urban Accessories
  • Speaker: Topics included: Gardens for the Health and Wellness of Communities; The Making of Gilmore Gardens; how-to and garden maintenance; applied introductory botany, and Gardening to Become More Human.
  • Nursery Work: Four years commercial plant propagation, growing and sales.

  • Correspondence class with world-renown British garden designer, John Brookes; practicum classes with American garden designer, Gordon Hayward.
  • Over thirteen years extensive self study of world renown gardeners/garden designers, including Christopher Lloyd, Rosemary Verey, Vita Stackhill-West, Laurence Johnston, Claude Monet, William Robinson, Beth Chatto, Margery Fish, Gertrude Jekyll, John Brookes, Piet Oudolf, Tom Stuart-Smith and many others.
  • Container planting and photography featured in Fine Gardening Magazine's  July-August 2012 issue, and personal gardens featured multiple times on Fine Gardening's Garden Photo of the Day.

Ready to make a beautiful garden?

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