It all started when…

Garden sPOTS was born in 2018 when Deborah and Michaelle met in a class on landscape management.  As Michaelle likes to say, it was as if we were living parallel lives.  Both of us had earned masters’ degrees earlier in our lives but were tired of careers that kept us sitting behind computers all day. Both of us had raised two kids in the Montgomery County school system and were life-long gardening enthusiasts. With our grown kids out of the house (mostly) we were both looking for something that would allow us to combine our gardening passions with a next-act career.


While completing classes, we were also sampling different aspects of horticulture to help us decide on a new direction.  Deborah gained experience with plant care working with a landscape designer/installer and in a professional greenhouse.  She also heard regularly from Montgomery County residents about their landscaping concerns while volunteering as a University of Maryland Extension Program Master Gardener. Michaelle worked at a popular garden center, learning about customer preferences and goals while helping them choose the right plants for the right places in their landscapes. Along the way, she earned a certification from Proven Winners. 

As we talked about our work experiences, our idea for Garden sPOTS grew –- a business that could fill a gap in the modern gardening market by combining online ease with local service. A new career that would use our previous work experiences along with our growing knowledge of horticulture and our desire to provide something unique in the marketplace –-small creative gardens ideally suited to consumers in our region who are looking for ways to fit beautiful plants into their busy lifestyles. 

And yes, we both completed a Landscape Technology Certificate and earned a Certified Professional Horticulturist designation from the Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association.  Second career, here we come!