I am a landscape designer, author, and consultant living in Austin, Texas. Most of my professional life has been devoted to the study and use of native plants in both the built landscape and in the wild places where they are found.  My training began with undergraduate studies at the University of Texas, followed by a master's degree in horticulture from Texas A&M University.  In addition, I have benefited throughout the years by association with venerable botanists, horticulturists, ecologists, and workers - all who put their very best into each project and generously collaborated with me to share their wisdom.

For over twenty years, I have focused my attention on residential landscape design and on educating the public about native plants and naturalistic landscape design by giving workshops and lectures and through published articles.  In addition, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to write two books: How to Grow Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (University of Texas Press revised edition 2001), and Yard Art and Handmade Places: Extraordinary Expressions of Home (University of Texas Press 2007).