Do you read garden magazines and wonder, "How can I do that in my garden?" • Would you like to improve your existing landscape without starting from scratch? • Do you suffer from "horticultural overload" at the garden center? • Are you concerned about the use of chemicals in your landscape? • Would you like to work less and enjoy your garden more?

If you answered YES to any of those questions, I can help! A former business attorney, I started Garden Mentor in 2000 in response to what I perceived as a service gap in the landscape industry. Since then, I have worked with over 500 clients in the Boston / Metrowest area. My business has been featured in the Needham Times, Boston Globe, and The Improper Bostonian, and on WHDH TV’s Channel 7 On Assignment.


about-image1Prior to starting Garden Mentor, I took undergraduate courses in horticulture and spent many years as an avid gardener, often designing gardens for friends. My extensive library of horticulture reference books and periodicals ensures that I provide my clients with the most up-to-date information on plant varieties, plant health, and proper planting and aftercare techniques.

As a contributing writer for PITH + VIGOR, a print and online gardening newspaper/magazine, I now share my knowledge and gardening philosophy with anyone with an internet connection. My garden photographs have won awards from the New England Wildflower Society and from gardening magazines. I teach a twice-yearly gardening course for Needham Community Education and am available to present to small groups on a variety of subjects including low maintenance gardening techniques, native and invasive plants, and gardening question-and-answer sessions.

I am a member of the Massachusetts and American Horticultural Societies, New England Wildflower Society, Arnold Arboretum, and the Underground, an internet forum for landscape professionals. As a member of the Needham League of Women Voters, I have contributed to several environmental projects, including an informational pamphlet on tree conservation.

I plant and maintain my own landscape which includes a woodland garden, roses, butterfly garden, mini-meadow, raised perennial beds and extensive bulb plantings. My personal gardening philosophy is based on a commitment to organic methods, and I encourage the use of low maintenance and native plants in the landscape wherever possible.