My life has always revolved around nature and art. After studying philosophy in both undergrad (Skidmore College) and grad school (The New School, NYC), I found my way back to working with the earth and with art as my profession.
My love for gardening started with my mother, who was a garden professional at the NY Botanical Garden for 20 + years. Once deciding working in academia wasn't for me, I spent time working for the Audubon Society conducting studies on migrating birds in VT and taking classes studying art (drawing, painting, sculpture and glass work).
Later, I spent a year working at Arnold Arboretum, a few years working with some good landscapers in Wellesley, MA, then started my own business here in Somerville offering smaller scale, personalized organic gardening services. After about three years gardening for folks in and around Somerville I was offered a position as a horticulturalist at Garden in the Woods, the botanical garden of the New England Wildflower Society, where I now work part time.
My passion is to focus on cleaning and healing soils and ecosystems, relying on plants to do most of the work for us. My goal is to use the simplest, most direct, and least expensive techniques to deal with the difficulties of an urban setting while at the same time doing as much as I can for the ecology of our region. My strategy is to draw from the techniques of permaculture and ecological restoration, using native, ecologically rejuvenating plantings to in effect help the earth heal itself. I help people learn about plants, grow edibles, compost, prune, hardscape and do whatever else comes up in their gardens throughout the year. My services extend throughout Boston and the surrounding communities.
During my time off from gardening, I have a painting and stained glass studio in my home where I do commission work and aim to get my work in shows. I have participated in Somerville Open Studios (every May) for a few years.
I live in Somerville, MA with my wife, two boys, our cats, and a gecko.