Hi! I'm Christine, the garden guru & designer that IS Inviting Gardens. My business was born when a lifelong passion became a new way of life. I learned how to spend my days doing what I love. Now I help others rediscover the outdoor spaces of their homes, while encouraging stewardship along the way.
From design to fine gardening & coaching, I draw on a diverse background of creative and technical knowledge. My goal is to inspire experiences & interactions by creating spaces & well-executed gardens for year-round interest and memory-making.
Contact me to learn more. I'd love to hear from you!
Born and raised in Western New York, my most vivid garden memories are sweet fragrant roses, pendulous lilacs, and vibrant orange tiger lilies. Our yards were small but neatly bordered and full of seasonal beauty of summer life. The window of opportunity to gather outside with family and friends was never long enough before roses were reduced to tiny stubs, covered with glass jars, and left to sleep beneath mounds of snow. Reliably, they returned to splendor year after year, inviting us back outside with signs of new life and warmth.
In contrast, a California garden may be rich with evergreens in the winter, or quietly coping with summer dry heat. Often misunderstood, their splendor is lost, deterring rather than inviting.
I partner with clients to set realistic goals and find opportunities to capitalize on intersections and contrasts. Amidst architectural trees or native shrubs, pockets of a deciduous garden and small surprises remind us of the beauty of seasonal change, new encounters, and the prospects of a fresh start.
Wishing you good health & joy,