Lisa is a gardener, permaculture designer, artist, and teacher in Baltimore City who is deeply rooted in activism and nature stewardship. She is a Maryland Master Gardener with advanced training in Baywise Gardening. 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 programs 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.
After moving to Baltimore, she 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 (2014) and Fruit & Nut Tree Care from Baltimore Orchard Project (2015). Lisa worked several years interpreting and installing designs for private clients along side her Permaculture teacher Patty Ceglia and helping her with Edible Landscaping workshops through the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy’s “Clear Creeks Initiative”. Lisa has lectured on sustainable gardening and Permaculture topics, lead volunteers in hands-on projects and helped start a Permaculture Demonstration Garden and Food Forest at Baltimore Free Farm after completing an indepth sustainability study, site assessment and garden design for the organization.
She has volunteered with Blue Water Baltimore’s Herring Run Nursery helping educate about Native Plants while launching her landscaping business. She continues to teach and speak on Permaculture topics while growing food in her own back yard, and finding opportunities to travel, volunteer and encourage deep connections to nature in those around her.
Although I have lived in Baltimore most of life I’ve always been in close proximity to parks. I grew up running through the woods, camping and learning to appreciate Nature. When the time for college came, I moved to New York City and attained a degree in Fine Art. However I missed the trees of Maryland. I came back, and while pursuing art I began working in residential construction. While working in construction I became aware of Natural Building. I saw a short step between art and building and later an even shorter step to gardening. Since then I have sought to combine the three paths into one.
I have attended numerous seminars and workshops as well as completed volunteer work to help lay the foundation. From Earthship Construction to straw bale building to timberframing to Permaculture and ecologically sound gardening practices, I take these experiences with me while working in the garden or on landscape projects. Through hard work and respect I strive to employ these sustainable practices to encourage a healthy coexistence between plants, animals and humans.