Our mission at Gardens by Mardi is to create beautiful, high-end outdoor spaces for homeowners in Asheville, North Carolina, by designing master plans that inspire moments of solitude, allow family and friends to connect with nature, and create community.
Principal & Garden Designer
What feels like home:
In my picnic basket:
Favorite writing utensil:
Bad habit I managed to break:
Graduate with Merit, Oxford College of Garden Design, England.
CPP (NC Certified Plant Professional)
Former NC Licensed Landscape Contractor
BA in Art History, Davidson College
MSW (Master of Social Work), UNC-CH
Nature, beauty, movement
My grandmother’s tablecloth, linen napkins, fresh bread, MyThreeSons Pimento cheese, Manchego, olives, pickled okra, fresh and dried fruit, flowers, Gundlach Bundschu Merlot. Vintage English basket.
Pentel mechanical drafting pencil 0.5mm
Signing up for adventures just to impress my children.
RLA Registered Landscape Architect in the state of North Carolina, which means I passed 4 exams about all parts of landscape architecture (on the first try!) and got a fancy stamp in the mail to put on official drawings.
Where to eat in Asheville:
Gan-Shan West. Rice bowl with fried tofu and extra broccoli every time.
How I play:
Mountain biking with friends and jumping off docks into lakes and ponds.
Favorite botanical name:
Metasequoia glyptostroboides, aka Dawn Redwood
Why I'm a landscape architect:
It combined my love of the environment, being outside and art perfectly…without requiring college calculus.
Association of Professional Landscape Designers
NC Certified Plant Professional