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.