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About Me         

My passion for gardening started in high school when our neighbor left part of their field unplanted so our family could plant a garden.  I have enjoyed learning about and caring for plants ever since.  I obtained a Bachelor of Science from Rochester College in 2002 and worked in corporate until I realized what I was doing was just a job that I had no passion for. I went back to school and now have a degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design. I have a love for perennials, annuals, shrubs, and recently, trees. I have been the owner of Green Escapes Gardening LLC since 2010 and enjoy working with homeowners and business to obtain the landscape they desire.  The beauty in nature, sculpture, colors, sound, scents, and textures are important as well as the science aspect of putting proper plant material in the right growing conditions.

Certified pesticide applicator

 

I was previously certified, but have let it lapse as I do not use it. At times, it may be valuable to know when to refer a client if there is a suspected plant health issue that could potentially be assisted with the use of pesticides. I have referrals should this be needed.

Insurance and Workers Comp

 

Green Escapes Gardening carries liability insurance and workers comp.

Education

 

Landscape Horticulture and Landscape Design Degree:

 

In addition to a Bachelor of Science, I have completed over 51 credit hours (over 765 education hours or 17 semester-long classes) in the Landscape program at Oakland Community College

 

Courses Taken:

 

  • Introduction to Ornamental Horticulture

  • Plant Identification

  • Flowering Annuals and Perennials

  • Soil and Soil Fertility

  • Landscape Construction – Irrigation (yes an entire semester on irrigation you read correctly lol) 

  • Landscape Construction – Hard Structures 

  • Field Project (Obtained Pesticide Applicator License)

  • History of Landscape Architecture (personal favorite!)

  • Garden Design and Maintenance

  • Introduction to Landscape Planning

  • Landscape Design Solutions

  • Advanced Landscape Planning

  • Insect Pests and Diseases

  • Plant Health Care

  • Plant Science

  • Turf Grass Management (Sounds boring but was so beneficial to learn! No really it was)

  • Nursery Practices (not babies, plants!)

  • Landscape Design Presentation

  • Computer Aided Design

  • Advanced Field Project

  • Greenhouse Management

Master Gardener

I became a master gardener in 2010. The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program (MGP) provides interested individuals with an opportunity to engage in a focused, 13-week training experience that provides in-depth education in many aspects of horticulture, including trees and shrubs, flowers, vegetables, fruit, soil, water, pests, indoor plants and lawns. After training, a gardener volunteers 40 hours in the first year and maintains 15 service and 5 education hours every year.  My certification has expired as I focused time on obtaining a horticulture degree. More on becoming a master gardener volunteer:

http://mg.msue.msu.edu/become_a_master_gardener_volunteer.

Plant Health Care (PHC) 

 

I practice Plant Health Care (PHC) which is a holistic approach to landscape management. 

 

 Maintain or improve the landscape’s appearance, vitality, safety (usually in the case of trees), using the most cost-effective and environmentally sensitive practices and treatments available. Insects and diseases may be controlled by modifying the environment to benefit the plant. 

 Routine monitoring, preventive treatment, and a strong working relationship between the plant technician and the property owner may be needed. Encourages an environment that will be conducive to a healthy plant that can then go through its full life cycle and, in turn, add value to your property. And really, usually a health plant brings satisfaction to look at. PHC often involves trees, turf grasses, shrubs, and other plants that are bedded in a common resource: the soil. The roots intermingle and compete for water and nutrients. The roots of a tree may extend well into your lawn or flower beds. Every treatment applied to the lawn (fertilizer and herbicide, for example) can impact the appearance and vitality of a tree. Conversely, treatments applied to a tree, such as pruning and fertilizing, can influence the appearance and vitality of the underlying turfgrass. The care of each plant in a landscape can affect the health of every plant in that landscape. Changes can be implemented to either reverse, decline, or to maintain good plant health and vigor.

 

 

Simple but effective examples of Plant Health Care are:

 

  •  Mulching bare soil beneath tree canopies

 

  •  Not allowing mulch to contact tree or shrub trunks

 

  •  Mitigating soil compaction

 

  •  Correct irrigation cycles

 

  •  Correct water placement

 

  •  Matching water needs of trees to adjacent plants

 

  •  Establishing and maintaining nutrient and soil microbiology components

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