I'm Lynda Bevere
I am a former attorney turned landscape designer and blogger. About 10 years ago, I went back to landscape design school after staying home to raise my daughters, Julia and Susannah. My goal was to turn my love of nature and gardening experience into a business teaching and helping homeowners design, maintain and use their yards in a way that fosters wildlife habitats and has a positive impact on the environment.
I did not grow up gardening or on a farm. Everything I know is based on my own experimentation and education over the last 25 years on my own property and designing for my clients. My husband Dan and I started out in a typical suburban New Jersey home on one-third of an acre. Although I loved our house and town, I always wanted more land so almost 10 years ago, when a 7-acre property with a small farmhouse came up for sale nearby, we jumped at it. It is at this new home where I was finally able to go after all my yard dreams. We built a vegetable garden, a small orchard of apples, pears, cherries and peaches, started raising chickens and ducks, and added goats and rabbits as pets to our hobby farm. I like to call our property my landscape laboratory where I continue to learn, experiment and develop my landscape design knowledge and skills.
The reason why I find it important to tell you that I was not born into the gardener life is because I want you to know that you can do it too. I understand that everyone has limitations on what their property, interests and time allow, but you can make changes in your yard, even small ones, that can have a huge impact on the health of our planet. You can have the landscape of your dreams. My design philosophy is, although I strongly believe we should design, use and maintain our properties in a way that is beneficial to the environment, I also believe landscapes need to be beautiful and serve the needs of the owners. Every design is a balance between aesthetics, functionality and sustainability. You simply do not have to choose between being kind to the environment and having a stunning, low-maintenance property.
So whether you are new to gardening or a seasoned gardener, I hope that with this blog and my talking about the ups and downs of my gardening and designing experiences on my own property, I can provide you with valuable information and help you achieve all your landscape goals.