Who We Are
Some of Grace’s earliest memories are of following her grandmother around her garden bordering the Wissahickon Valley Park. Growing up above her mom’s restaurant in West Philadelphia, Grace’s first exposure to container gardening was with her dad on the deck of their childhood home. Grace’s love for the relationship of plants and people plants inspired her to study permaculture, ecological design, ecological health management and ecological economics at Prescott College in Arizona. While she earned her Bachelor of the Arts in Globalization Studies and Sustainable Development in the classroom, Grace also simultaneously found exposure to horticulture in the field through native plant landscaping and stewardship work experience.
As her adventures in Arizona came to a close in 2002, Grace happily returned to her home city of Philadelphia, committed to start her career where her roots were planted and help transform the urban landscape. Grace worked professionally as a horticulturist in Chestnut Hill and in farming at Green Meadow Farm. In 2007, she dreamed up a vision for an urban gardening company that improves quality of life in Philadelphia by weaving pockets of green space into the tapestry of the city. A year later, Grace launched Graceful Gardens with her bicycle as the first company vehicle and just a handful of clients. With every garden Grace installed, word of mouth about Graceful Gardens spread and before she knew it, she had a thriving small business. Countless garden installations later, Grace is grateful and excited to celebrate her 10th year in service.
Over the years, Grace has stayed involved in the Philadelphia community as she has volunteered and collaborated with a variety of nonprofit organizations and community gardens in various parts of the city. Additionally, Grace spent winter months traveling to warmer climates to experience other cultures, learn new approaches to land stewardship, and give back to the communities that she visited. These trips allowed her to study ethnobotany in Hawaii, subsistence farming in New Zealand, agroforestry and permaculture in Costa Rica, and learn through environmental restoration in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Grace appreciates the opportunity to be creative, dream, and strategically implement her clients’ vision with her rockstar team of gardeners. Grace loves sharing stories and information about the plants, people and places that her love of gardening has brought into her life. She looks forward to another successful 10 years with Graceful Gardens growing community of clients and amazing team of urban gardeners.