Lisa is a gardener, permaculture designer, artist, and teacher who is deeply rooted in activism and nature stewardship. She has a Master of Science in Ecological Design and Planning from the Conway School of Landscape Design in Northampton, Massachusetts. She thrived in working with community stakeholders in visioning, site analysis and assessment, and designing master plans for climate resiliency for two farms expanding production and creating educational public spaces to address flooding and increase wildlife habitat in the coastal community of Mystic, Connecticut. Lisa grew up on a wooded farm in Illinois where she learned ecology first-hand exploring the flora and fauna of the prairies, forests, and wetlands under the guidance of her mother’s deep commitment to sustainability and the environment.
Throughout her life she found opportunities to study the environmental topics that form the foundation for her passion of making space for nature in urban ecosystems. Her background in activism began as a teenager, running a grassroots program for housing and food-justice for the homeless and volunteering on a wide variety of projects from park trail restoration to wild seed-saving with the state parks.
Roots & Sky was born in Baltimore city, where Lisa pursued a career as an artist while finding opportunities to garden. Her passions combined in designing gardens after attaining certificates in Natural Methods of Honeybee Stewardship (2012), Permaculture Design Certification (2014) and Fruit & Nut Tree Care from Baltimore Orchard Project (2015) and Dave Jacke's Forest Gardening Design Intensive (2017). Before starting her own company, Lisa worked several years interpreting and installing designs for private clients alongside several designers in Maryland that embrace an organic approach to gardening with native plants while exploring permaculture techniques to address storm water issues, enhance edible landscapes, and create wildlife habitats in urban areas. Lisa has lectured on sustainable gardening and permaculture topics, lead volunteers in hands-on projects and helped start a medicinal plant sanctuary and food forest at Baltimore Free Farm after completing an in-depth sustainability study, site assessment and garden design for the organization. She has also volunteered with Blue Water Baltimore’s Herring Run Nursery helping educate about native plants while launching her landscaping business.
Lisa continues to teach and speak on permaculture topics while growing food wherever she goes, and finding opportunities to travel, volunteer, and encourage deep connections to nature in those around her.