Growing up in the Garden State I was fortunate as a child to have had land to roam and a river to explore. My early fascination of the natural world kept me out of doors through all the seasons, absorbing my surroundings all the while. Chores had to be completed before I could roam though. Weeding and mulching the vegetable garden and orchard, cutting and stacking firewood, mowing acres of lawn all had to be done as efficiently as possible in order to get away to the river and woods. My affinity for trees came from these years. I planted them, climbed them, ate fruit from them, made forts in and of them, and built fires with them. After a childhood of camping and exploration up and down the East Coast, I enrolled at Paul Smith’s College in Up-State New York, less than an hour from the Canadian Border and in the middle of the Adirondack State Park. During my time there studying Forestry, I became even more immersed and connected to the land and decided to take my exploration further. It was time to see the rest of the United States. And as fate would have it, one foggy and rainy September morning, I found myself in complete wonder, standing in our own Temperate Rain Forest of Old Growth Redwood. My road trip was over.
Employment was not easy to find, so falling back on the skills I developed over the years, I began doing Landscape maintenance and gardening for anyone that answered my ads. One of those early clients was Don Wallace who was madly growing and hybridizing Rhododendrons as a hobby. This was the beginning of what became Singing Tree Gardens, a nursery specializing in Rhododendrons, Dwarf conifers and other Ornamental plants. It was our goal to produce and showcase plants that were not generally available to the public at most commercial Garden Centers. So began my years of propagating tens of thousands of plants and developing Display Gardens to show them in. It was during this process that I became aware of my abilities to create a space that had great appeal throughout the seasons without all the work associated with many gardens or landscapes. As more people came to the nursery to purchase plants, more and more began to ask for assistance with their projects and I evolved into becoming a full time Designer. Today I spend my time working with clients to create a PLACE that enhances their daily lives and provides beauty well into the future.
For a detailed description of my design philosophy and process Please visit Provided Services page.
Visit my WoodShop where I further feed my passion for wood and water.