A composer by vocation, a gardener by avocation. My garden and my life as a composer are deeply intertwined, so that they are simply variations on the same theme. The sounds and sights of my garden inform and shape my music making; when I work in the garden, it becomes a form of visual orchestration. The yin and yang of my creative life. . .
I an a member of GardenComm (Garden Communicators International) and teach garden classes at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. I have traveled extensively in the U.S. to lecture on garden design and am an experienced online instructor and presenter. My photos have been published in magazines, books, and other print and digital media and I have had several one woman photography shows.
About the Garden
I garden organically on a wooded acre in southwestern Pennsylvania, a few miles north of Pittsburgh. Designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, a Pollinator Friendly Garden by the Penn State Master Gardeners, and a Certified Backyard Habitat by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, the gardens support the life cycle of a variety of wildlife and are designed especially to support birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects. Herds of deer roam the gardens outside of the fence, along with assorted rabbits, raccoons, possums, and wild turkeys. The gardens inside the fence reflect my love of playing with color and feature plants such as roses, daylilies, and hydrangea that would not survive deer browsing along with many pollinator friendly plants. Although technically the garden is in USDA Zone 6B, the microclimate here is closer to Zone 6A. My garden has been on several regional garden tours as well as serving as an on-site classroom for garden courses.