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Soil to Soul

After graduating from Georgetown (many, many years ago…), I taught 9th grade English in the South Bronx.

The commute: a drive on the Cross Bronx Expressway to a neighborhood with no trees and a school with bars on the windows.

The salvation: Friday’s route home; stop one:  the New York Botanical Gardens for a walk in the woods, stop two: grocery shopping on Arthur Avenue, the Italian neighborhood off Fordham Road, for a bag of mussels, a loaf of bread and salad for dinner.

The walk in the woods recharged me. The combination of plants in the perennial gardens inspired my creativity, and the good food at the end of a long day enticed my husband and I to put aside work and spend time with each other.  Nature, beauty, and flavor: soil nurturing soul.

Environment matters.  Those visits to the NYBG made me passionate about the value of gardens and eventually inspired me to trade in my red pen for a trowel and train as a master gardener, landscape designer and organic land care specialist so I could start Backyard Bounty.  We installed our first garden in 2009, and in just a few years, grew into a team that designs, installs and maintains gardens throughout the DC metro area.

Our reputation for excellent work is rooted in our commitment to artistry and sound science, but most especially in our commitment to our clients, whom we welcome as part of our family. Enjoy exploring the gardens on our site.  We look forward to meeting you.  Our team and I are dedicated to building you an outdoor space that inspires and recharges you every day.


Alison Jones, Landscape Designer

Alison joined Backyard Bounty in 2014 after completing her Master’s in Sustainable Landscape Design at George Washington University. She also holds a Master’s in Fine Arts/Painting and has worked in the fields of architecture, graphic design and publishing. Travelling the world with her foreign service family exposed Alison to a variety of cultures and landscapes. In designing gardens, Alison seeks to unify practical use with a spirit of place.

Ariel Shaw, Designer

After working in environmental policy and on a small organic farm, Ariel earned a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture at University of Michigan. She is excited to work with Backyard Bounty to create lovely and sustainable designs for landscapes throughout the DC area. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, taking her daughter and her dog for walks in the woods, and pursuing impractical but delicious baking projects.


Lucas Alfaro, Master Mason

Lucas has been in masonry for nearly twenty years and has become an expert at blending construction, engineering and artistry. Known to some as the “Stone Whisperer”, Lucas uses old-world techniques and carefully selects all the materials that go into his creations.

Omar Rivera, Foreman

Omar is a 20 year veteran of the landscaping industry and is an expert in sustainable landscapes, stormwater management, plant care, organic maintenance, and crew management. Omar leads our field teams to make sure that our customers are ecstatic about their gardens no matter the season.


Kris Colby, Truck Driver, Operations, Lot Sweeper, Strategy & Marketing, Bookkeeping/HR, I/T Help Desk

Kris manages all aspects of the company that aren’t related to plants actually going in the ground and growing. Leveraging a ridiculously expensive MBA degree, Kris has applied proven Fortune 500 management strategies to Backyard Bounty with the one exception that at Backyard Bounty they actually make sense and work.

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