I grew up in Connecticut, and, ever since I can remember, I have been in the water. My parents put me in swim lessons when I was just a little girl. At 7 years old, I joined a swim team, and I continued to swim through college. While growing up, there was only a short period in the year when I was not practicing or competing. During this time was when my family went on vacation to Martha’s vineyard, and, of course, we spent most of the day at the beach. I think water is what sparked my love for the outdoors. Somehow we could never get away from doing something in the water and it usually meant being outside. When my sister and I were younger we loved to catch frogs in our grandparent’s pond. I also remember a few times we did rain dancing in hopes it would rain. There must have been a delay in the rain days because years later it rained on my wedding day. Then it rained my first day at Mustard Seed.
It was when I was a freshman in high school that I realized that I wanted to be a landscape designer. In May of 2014, I graduated from South Dakota State University where I majored in landscape architecture. During those 4 years at school, I learned to appreciate a different style of landscape from the one I grew up with. I also learned that there was beauty in the vast fields of grass and corn.
A few months before I graduated, my husband finished grad school at SDSU and moved back to Minnesota. A few hours after I graduated, I made the move to Minnesota and two days later I started a new job at a landscape design company. I worked as a designer and ran the garden maintenance division for the company. But my passion was to do design full time, so, after just over a year, I left. About a month later The Mustard Seed gave me the opportunity to join their team and design full time.
Growing up on the east coast, I was able to experience all four distinct seasons of the year, and playing outside taught me to appreciate each of them. Part of the reason I wanted to be a designer was to be able to create outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. Nature has so much more to offer than any computer, phone, or television screen. Nature is raw and beautiful, and, through my designs, I hope people will see and experience that truth!