a v a j a n e is a website dedicated to celebrating nature.
I’ve always had a garden even when I was young. Growing my own food has come natural for me.
Since 2000 I have pursued a career in Garden Design and have nurtured my passion for horticulture ever since.
I offer my knowledge in Garden Design
I offer my knowledge in Horticulture
From my start in the Los Angeles area when I ventured out on the path I started my own Landscape Design Business and received training from Beau De Jardin based out of Pacific Palisades. I also volunteered at the Childrens Horticultural Therapy Center at Descanso Gardens under the director of Phaedra Ledbetter.
I have owned several Landscape Design companies in the Los Angeles area and built a strong crew that continues to design and install today. One of my first companies was Foxglove Garden Design based out of Malibu CA. During this time my company was featured in Home Companion Magazine and I was on HGTV (Home and Garden Television) . I designed gardens for many clients commercial and residential. My next company was Annie Wright Landscape Design based out of Venice Beach area. I was given many oppurtunities to work with top designers in the area including Tracie Butler Design, Bridgid Coulter Design and Sam Marshall Project. My work had been seen in Lonny Magazine featuring Bridgid Coulters home in Santa Monica CA. I was also featured in LA Times Magazine for Drought Tolerant Low Impact Design in Venice.
Now my garden interests are branching out with my new adventures in Horticulture with a v a j a n e . Here I am focusing my intention on not only Garden Design which is in my roots but I am interviewing those with ideas on sustainability, biodynamic farming, documentarians and flower farmers to name a few. New Lifestyle Section coming soon. . . .
I am currently featured on Annapurna Living for Soulful Women in Business
I offer my knowledge in Soulful Business
I offer my knowledge in Sustainability, Biodynamic Farming, Flower Farming
I offer my knowledge in Plant Material
I offer my knowledge in Outdoor Living
I offer my knowledge in Drought Tolerant Gardening
I offer my knowledge in Firewise Gardening
I offer my knowledge in Plant Selecting
I offer my knowledge in Vegetable Gardening
Speciality in Landscape Design
Drought Tolerant, Fuel Modification, Fire Wise, Contemporary Design, French Provencial, English Cottage, Rooftop gardens, Low Impact Design, Vegtable Gardens boxes and in the ground, Portager, Childrens Horticultural Therapy, Backyard Farming
Studies and Experience
having earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology I am looking to integrate Gardening and Psychology by enrolling in Horticultural Therapy.
Graduate Studies at Fielding Graduate University in Integral Theory. This is the study of how all things are interconnected, it is fascinating!
Courses I have completed online or workshops I have attended include
NonViolent Communication 6 Wk Intensive Studies through Echo Center
Low Impact Development through the California Stormwater Quality Association CASQUA This was a 4 day conference with many presenters. LID is defined as land planning, and engineering design approach to manage stormwater runoff as part of green infrastructure. LID emphasizes conservation and use of on-site natural features to protect water quality
Currently I am enrolled in the New Hampshire Landscape Professionals Accreditation Program . Because I live part of the year in the woodlands of New Hampshire!