I have been gardening passionately since my early twenties, and writing about gardening, as well as designing gardens for others, for the last two decades. Most of my books concentrate on aspects of garden design such as creating gardens that reflect their settings (Gardens in the Spirit of Place and Breaking Ground) or planning gardens as extensions of our homes (Inside Out), in each case illustrated by exceptional examples around America. But my first and my most recent book (Duck Hill Journal and Embroidered Ground) are about Duck Hill where I live, about the thirty-year-long process of making this garden, and about what I’ve learned from the years of gardening and seeing other people’s gardens here and abroad.
I lecture around the country about plants and garden design, and have written many articles for magazines over the years, including House and Garden, House Beautiful, Horticulture, Elle Décor, Fine Gardening, and Garden Design. The garden at Duck Hill has been featured in a variety of periodicals including the New York Times, House and Garden, Elle Décor, Vogue, and Garden Design.
I serve on the Board of the Garden Conservancy and am one of the founders of its popular Open Days Program. I also serve on the boards of Stonecrop, Frank Cabot’s wonderful garden in Cold Spring, NY; Hollister House, George Schoelkopf’s charming garden in Washington, CT; and The North Salem Open Land Foundation, a preservation and environmental group in the town where I live.