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 orchestration. The yin and yang of my creative life. . .
About the Garden
I garden organically on a wooded acre in western Pennsylvania, a few miles north of Pittsburgh. Designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, 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, 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. Although technically the garden is in USDA Zone 6B, the microclimate here is closer to Zone 5B.