About Us

Founder’s Word

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.

Edamarie

Founder

Our Team

Lucas Alfaro
Master Mason
Lucas Alfaro
Lucas has been in masonry for nearly twenty years and has become an expert at blending construction, engineering and artistry. Read more…
Mark Dennis
Landscape Designer
Mark Dennis
After working as a landscape contractor, Mark returned to UMD to earn a Master Gardener certification and M.L.A. He takes… Read more
Shayda Musavi
Landscape Designer
Shayda Musavi
With a background in community design, residential planting design, sustainable development, and arboriculture… Read more…
Dennis Rivera
Foreman
Dennis Rivera
Another industry veteran, Dennis is an expert at the more technical aspects of our business, including pruning, construction… Read more
Jose Rivera
Foreman
Jose Rivera
In addition to being an expert gardener, Jose is our vehicle and equipment savant. Jose performs magician-level tricks with the Dingo and...
Omar Rivera
Foreman
Omar Rivera
Omar is a 20 year veteran of the landscaping industry and is an expert in sustainable landscapes, stormwater management, plant care…
Karyn Thompson
Landscape Designer
Karyn Thompson
My curiosity about plants came from the camping trips that my family went on as a young girl. I learned early on that some plants could be eaten...
Rebecca Wall
Landscape Designer
Rebecca Wall
Rebecca started her studies in Landscape Design while working three stories underground at the Smithsonian (no, not as a spy). Read more…
Kris Colby
Radar O-Reilly
Kris Colby
Kris manages all aspects of the company that aren’t related to plants actually going in the ground and growing. Leveraging a ridiculously...

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