It’s been my pleasure to linger in all of these gardens, get to know their gardeners, and tell the story of how these lovely spaces evolved. I’ve worn many hats – writer, photographer, stylist, producer – to bring these gardens to life in regional and national publications. From rebuilding a flooded garden the night before a shoot to coordinating 20 dogs and their humans for a garden party, it fulfills my insatiable desire to experience beauty and the unique ways gardeners express it in their spaces.
Country Gardens Early Spring 2018
Article: The Early Show – Written and Produced
Synopsis: Drifts of spring-blooming bulbs and perennials are the key to creating a garden seemingly designed by Mother Nature herself.
Chicagoland Gardening Jul-Aug 2018
Article: When Great Garden Minds Converge – Written, Produced and PhotographedChicagoland-Gardening-JulyAugust-2018-Merged
Synopsis: A homeowner and a garden designer collaborate to transform the landscape of this historic home
Country Gardens Fall 2018
Article: Green Velvet – ProducedCountry-Gardens-Fall-2018-Merged
Synopsis: A Wisconsin gardener paints his landscape in various shades of green with one common denominator. Moss.
Country Gardens Early Spring 2017
Article: Diamond in the ‘Ruff’ – Written and ProducedCountry-Gardens-Early-Spring-2017-Merged
Synopsis: You’d never know it, but I rebuilt the garden around the shed the night before this shoot. An underground pipe in the neighbor’s yard burst, destroying many of the perennials.
Country Gardens Summer 2017
Articles: A Farm in the Sky – Written and Produced , It’s a Dog Party – Written and ProducedCountry-Gardens-Summer-2017-merged-web
Synopsis – A Farm in the Sky: I received the 2018 Garden Writers Association Silver Award for this story I wrote and produced about the country’s first certified organic rooftop farm in Chicago.
Synopsis – It’s a Dog Party: This was my first and only shoot that included 20 dogs and a roll of poop bags on each cocktail table!
Country Gardens Fall 2017
Article: Winged Wonders – Produced
Synopsis: A one-acre garden on the outskirts of Chicago abounds with butterflies, birds, and bees.
Outdoor Living 2017
Articles: Shaded Oasis – Written and Produced, Goodbye Concrete, Hello Hacienda – Written and Produced, Front Entry Face Lift – Written and ProducedOutdoor-Living-2017-mergedv2
Synopsis – Shaded Oasis: Explore a less-than-large urban backyard that hides behind a busy street in Chicago.
Synopsis – Goodbye Concrete, Hello Hacienda: A Chicago couple transforms the concrete jungle in back of their house into a go-to spot for music-making.
Synopsis – Front Entry Face Lift: A couple transforms a blah front porch into a garden destination full of low maintenance landscape ideas and colorful container designs.
Chicagoland Gardening Jan-Feb 2017
Article: The Conifer Collector – Written and Produced
Synopsis: While some people collect roses, hostas, or daylilies, others pack their gardens with dwarf evergreens of all shapes and colors.
Chicagoland Gardening Jul-Aug 2017
Article: Daylilies Rising – Written and ProducedChicagoland-Gardening-JulyAugust-2017-Merged
Synopsis: There’s nothing common about the daylilies that take center stage in this front entry garden.
Chicagoland Gardening Mar-Apr 2016
Article: Mom Knows Best – Written and ProducedChicagoland-Gardening-MarApr2016-Merged
Synopsis: A mother-daughter duo transforms a hillside with an unusual house into a lush shady garden.
Garden Guide Spring-Summer 2016
Article: Behold the Beauty of Succulents – WrittenGarden-Guide-SpringSummer-2016-Merged
Synopsis: Is it possible that a single plant, let alone an entire plant family, can thrive on neglect, thumb its nose at water, and be aesthetically pleasing in the garden? It certainly is.
Living the Country Life Fall 2016
Article: All in the Family – Written and ProducedLiving-the-Country-Life-Fall-2016-Merged
Synopsis: Two siblings revive their grandpa’s pick-your-own farm and make it their own.
Midwest Living Sep-Oct 2016
Article: Instant Gratification – StyledMidwest-Living-SeptOct-2016
Better Homes and Gardens Jul 2015
Article: Fresh Start – Produced and StyledBetter-Homes-and-Gardens-July-2015-merged
Synopsis: Recently divorced, one gardener starts fresh with a lawn-free new home and a garden to call her own.
Better Homes and Gardens Apr 2015
Article: Master Strokes – Styled and ProducedBetter-Homes-and-Gardens-April-2015-merged
Synopsis: This was my first garden story I produced and styled for the magazine. What a bummer it was when I turned to the page only to find that they’d forgotten to include me in the credits. It’s one of the most beautiful estate gardens I’ve ever had the pleasure of bringing to print.