Main Line Gardening welcomes you to a website community for landscapers, landscaping and all levels of garden enthusiasts. If you’ve found us, chances are you are as passionate about gardening as we are… so, you will understand our enthusiasm for sharing information, photos, ideas and products with other gardeners. Created from a love of all things gardening, MainLineGardening.com is a sister company to Giverny Gardens – a boutique landscaping service that views gardening as a complete culture – a long term relationship that transcends a love of nature and the outdoors.
Whether your interest is free flowing landscaping, formal English Gardens, or somewhere in between, we welcome you to our garden community. We hope to provide visitors with expert gardening advice, up-to-date activities from Pennsylvania based events and an over-sized photo gallery to view, upload and comment on neighborhood gardens. If you are seeking distinctive items for your own garden, look no further than our products section (coming soon), where Giverny garden designer Laura Ferro will be assembling a unique collection of her favorite gardening products.
Step into our world of gardens… explore… inspire… and enjoy your visit.
Laura Ferro, landscaper and designer for Giverny Gardens has been creating award winning gardens in the Main Line community for over 15 years. As a professional garden "coach" or mentor Laura has been assisting her clients regardless of skill level or budget. "Growing up in London has always been a communal activity with my best resources being my family and friends. The creation of MainLineGardening.com was a natural way to keep connected and celebrate our commitment to the environment and communities in which we conduct business."
Whether designing specialized plantings, paved areas or custom build structures, we remain environmentally conscious whenever possible. From choosing natural fertilizers to reclaiming existing materials, our goal is always to work in harmony with the existing landscape to combine your ideas with our expertise. At Giverny Gardens we can present a master plan that will integrate your softscaping and hardscaping into the design that best fits your lifestyle and tastes.
Alison Pottage is a graduate of Aberdeen University in Scotland, U.K. with an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science. She has also completed her Masters of Science degree in Biology from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. Her 8 years in the green industry and certification from the International Society of Arboriculture make her a wealth of knowledge on trees, shrubs and other landscape issues.
After graduation, Alison worked for a research company investigating alternative solutions for protecting the Eastern Hemlock from the woolly adelgid. She also initiated a project to determine whether songbirds were susceptible to West Nile virus and how serious this disease is to birdlife. She is now an Arborist with SavATree and continues to develop ideas about natural solutions to plant health care management. She is able to monitor, diagnose and treat insect, disease, physiological and cultural landscape conditions with expert precision.
Growing up in the foothills of Edinburgh, Scotland instilled her with a passion for nature. She spent time teaching children about the environment at her local nature center and in the Royal Botanical Gardens of Edinburgh. This education and experience has inspired Alison’s personal mission: To continually improve tree, shrub and lawn care knowledge to insure the longevity of our immediate environments.
When she is not walking properties or teaching a classroom full of children about the benefits of trees, Alison enjoys bicycling to work, hiking with her kids and cross-country skiing.
Alison is always ready to provide you with a complimentary examination of the health, safety and aesthetics of your property. Alison Pottage can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org , or website: www.savatree.com
Amy Jeanroy is a professional garden writer, who owns a small organic farm and greenhouse business in central Nebraska. Her work can be seen at http://herbgardens.about.com, where she writes about herb gardening and ways to use the plants that you grow.
Amy also is the author of the book: Canning and Preserving for Dummies, 2nd edition (Wiley Publishing 9/09). The book includes dozens of fruits, vegetables and herbs that can be dried, frozen or canned. With almost 100 recipes, it is the go-to guide for anyone wanting to preserve the harvest from their own gardens.
Margaret Telsch-Williams has been a gardener at heart for far longer than she's been able to successfully grow anything. After studying ecology and botany as part of her undergraduate degree (learning the inner workings of the plant world, plant growth, and a plant's impact on the environment), she's been hooked for good and grows everything she can. When she's not in the garden or turning compost, she finds time to hike, play with her family, and watch movies. Margaret works as a fulltime writer and lives with her husband and daughter.
Gail Johnson is an avid gardener and writer with experience writing about gardening and outdoor living for Gardening How-To and the National Home Gardening Club. Gail enjoys every minute of her time in the garden - from digging in the dirt, designing with various plant and color combinations, to relaxing in her porch swing to take in the beauty of her garden. Gail loves to share inspiring information about what she is learning and trying in the garden with other gardeners.
Kathleen Roberts is a Master Gardener with over 30 years experience. She has gardened all over the country from Wisconsin to Arkansas to Florida to Colorado. This has given her a wide range of experiences as well as the opportunity to try many different gardening techniques. With this experience, Kathleen is working on her first garden book which is still in the preliminary stages. She hopes to have the first draft ready by spring of 2010.
Kathleen especially enjoys growing edibles in an ongoing quest toward self-sufficiency. Organic growing is the focus on Kathleen's family farm where she regards the land as a gift to be carefully cared for. She says, "If you take care of the earth, it will take care of you."
Carole Corlew is a freelance writer and editor who gardens obsessively at "the blue house," her home in Northern Virginia. The transplant from a tiny town in Alabama tries to duplicate her childhood botanical memories in the Middle Atlantic's colder climate, and often succeeds. Carole, an avid member of Rock Spring Garden Club in Arlington, VA, has worked in the news business for United Press International, Reuters and Hearst Newspapers in Washington, D.C. Her work can be seen on AOL's Patch news websites where she is a freelance editor and writer.
Janet Clark lives and gardens in Iowa. Although she loves all things botanical, she has a special passion for growing herbs. She has worked as a professional writer for nine years and is currently working on a book about composting. She has also written a novel, Blind Faith; you can read the first chapter on her Website at http://www.janeteclark.com/
Jeanne Grunert is an award-winning writer and marketing consultant who moved from New York City to a 17 acre organic farm in rural Virginia. She writes about gardening, health and fitness for many publications, and her gardening book, Get Your Hands Dirty - A Beginner's Guide to Gardening, is available from her website, www.sevenoaksconsulting.com
Michele Miller (aka Raw Juice Girl) is a freelance writer and blogger, with a focus on health and eco-friendly living topics. She loves garden-fresh produce and enjoys incorporating live ingredients into fresh juices, smoothies, and meals. Incorporating raw foods and liquids helped her lose over 100 pounds several years ago, which she maintains. A newlywed, Michele's husband brings his passion for gardening, fresh air, and exercise - particularly bicycle riding - to the table. Visit www.healingwithjuices.com to learn more.