Welcome!I've worked in gardens professionally for more than thirty years. It's funny to me when I think about my beginnings and how little I knew at the time, and I'm sure thirty years from now I will feel the same way about where I am today. I've designed and installed interior gardens and outdoor gardens, suburban gardens and estates, and from small terraces to 30,000 square foot green roofs. Each new project has been an adventure and always with a learning curve. part of the joy of working with gardens is there is always more learning.
In 1996, I built my first green roof at a time when I was losing sight of what was important. I was focused on making a buck, not that in and of itself earning a living is so bad, but when that becomes ones focus to the exclusion of all else, the world gets very narrow. In building my first green roof, my passion for the industry, for gardening, for making a difference in the world was re-awakened.
Years later, I have had the opportunity to work as a consultant, as a garden coach, as a writer, as a public speaker and lecturer on gardening, sustainable landscaping, green roofs and green walls, and much more. All the while developing a sustainable landscape business modeled on collaborative processes that has survived two recessions and is growing in new markets.
I have always believed that "To whom much is given, much will be required", and this site, and much of the work that I do writing, and speaking in particular is part of giving back and uplifting communities. It is my sincere hope that through this site, you will find information that will help you in your journey to learn and grow towards a greener future.
Richard Heller, CLP CLT