I come from a family of garden lovers. I personally became interested in gardening when, at an early age, I planted a sprouted potato in the black dirt behind our old New England barn to see what would happen. Months later, I returned to the spot to discover its beautiful, bright pink offspring, and I was hooked for life! By my mid-teens, my goal was to become a professional gardener, so with that in mind, after college I headed to Japan to apprentice to a master gardener for two years. There, I was introduced to the techniques of Japanese pruning and garden maintenance and I developed an understanding of the distilled sense of Nature found in so many of the gardens there. That experience, along with a degree in fine art, a deep respect for the natural world and a constant curiosity, became the foundation of my gardening practice.
For the past 25 years, I have gardened extensively in the Midwest and in the San Francisco Bay Area, in both private and public settings. In California, I had the pleasure and privilege to work as garden manager of the world renowned Ruth Bancroft Garden, an experience which honed my appreciation of the garden as an art form, and the discipline and commitment required to both create and steward something truly great.
I currently live in the Chicago area with my husband, sculptor Erik Blome, our two children, and array of pets and plants.