My love for gardening began as a child while
growing up in Holland and Belgium. It was there that I was first
acquainted with beautiful gardens and really gorgeous plants.
Since coming to the United States, I have had many wonderful
experiences with gardening, including the raising and selling of cut
flowers, garden writing and creating my present garden which includes
many different types of garden rooms.
My passion for gardening really blossomed as
I neared the ten-year mark of teaching foreign languages in Oregon
schools. I would rush home from school every evening and work on
the creation of my own garden. I would read and read some more
from the wonderfully inspiring gardening books written by favorite
authors. I took classes from the local college. I planted and
replanted my one acre of ground creating the many garden rooms linked
by pathways, arbors and pergolas.
One of the first garden rooms, the Birch
Path, with its meandering stone pathway remains a favorite of visitors
during every season of the year, even when the rest of the garden is in
full flush of bloom. It has been the subject of several magazine
articles published about my garden (Click here
to see most of the articles in the December 2003 Newsletter "Margaret's
Garden Tips," page 2 ).
At the beginning of my adventure with garden
design, the selection of plants offered by local nurseries was rather
limited. Many of my favorite plants were not offered and my work needed
to be somewhat limited by these constraints. I grew as many as 4,000
plants from seed every year to make up for that lack. Now, nurseries
here in the Pacific Northwest are offering every plant my heart could
wish for and many more that are new to me.
With some heartfelt encouragement from my
family and friends, I began helping others with their gardens.
Today, my design work has become a full time business. How
fortunate to be working in the same joyful endeavor where my passion
In 2004, I was privileged to design three
commercial landscapes. One was a dental office, one a restaurant, and
the third, a retail store. The owner of that store invited me to open a
small nursery in the spring of 2005. My life partner and I made the
decision mid-April and we opened May 1, 2005! We loved it and had a
wonderful time meeting the needs of many customers. We provided special
and unique plants, some of which are rare, others are brand new
varieties. We also offered design services for containers and
As a result of the success of
our little nursery, we worked on moving to a larger location. But the
obstacles associated with the property we found became too difficult to
overcome. In late October of 2005 we closed the nursery and
brought the remaining plants home, where we care for them.
Perhaps someday we can launch a project that will encompass our vision
for a destination nursery; for now, we are content to expand our
business. This year (2009) we have obtained two new licenses:
The Oregon Landscape Construction Board license to operate as a
Landscape Contracting Business (#8815) and The Oregon Construction
Contractor's Board license to operate as a General Contractor (#187055).
We are now offering services
for design, installation, and groundskeeping both in Oregon and
out-of-state, traveling as a team to interview new clients, photograph
and measure their landscape property, designing their gardens and
arranging for construction. We now provide for hardscape elements such
as patios, walls, and pathways, as well as decks, arbors, trellises,
pergolas, garden sheds or cottages, tea houses, and copper structures
like fences, gates, arbors, trellises, and potting benches.
Contact our office to make