Our Roots

Michael's Iphone Photos 1459 John Currie

It started with a packet of four o’clock seeds (Mirabilis jalapa).  When I was younger, I would plant the seeds outside in late May and watch the seedlings emerge and develop stems, leaves and flower buds.  Once the flower buds formed, I would faithfully go outside everyday at four o’clock and wait to see if the buds would open on schedule. Growing flowers and helping my parents with their vegetable garden helped me to become passionate about gardening at an early age.  I never tire of watching the beauty and simplicity of a seed transform itself into a complicated work of wonder.

After receiving a degree in business from the Rochester Institute of Technology, I worked in Washington, D.C. as a government affairs analyst.  However, I always stayed engaged with some form of horticulture while working, whether vegetable gardening or container gardening.   After relocating to Seattle in the mid 90s, I switched careers to focus on horticulture and landscape design.  I completed the Ornamental Horticulture Program at Edmonds Community College and completed some graduate work in horticulture at the University of Washington.  Shortly after, I focused on starting my own landscape design business and began a journey to embrace my passion.  For the last fifteen years I have been fortunate to be able to share my knowledge, enthusiasm, and experience with clients to create beautiful garden spaces.

Michael's Iphone Photos 1462Michael French

My love for gardening began at an early age with a gift of some Iris rhizomes and a packet of radish seeds from my grandfathers.  That was all it took and I was hooked!   Many hours were spent in the garden as a child learning alongside my parents.  I always loved taking a trip to the nursery with them as they looked for new plants to landscape their yard.  My connection with the plant world “took root.”

I studied horticulture at Edmonds Community College. It was there that my love for gardening turned into a career in horticulture. I worked for over twenty years at Molbak’s Nursery in Woodinville, Washington. During this time, my love and knowledge of plants flourished.  As an intern from Molbak’s, I also had the opportunity to be employed at a nursery in Paris, France, and was fortunate to have seen and been inspired by many beautiful gardens in France, England, Italy, and Germany.

My knowledge for plants and landscape design has been a lifelong passion and journey.
Gardening and landscape design continues to delight me!  I enjoy the opportunity to create beautiful gardens for clients and nurture their love for gardening!