The hours spent clearing brambles for trails in the woods behind her home in the Brandywine River Valley might have been the first hint that Kate was destined to become a landscape architect.

Four cold years studying landscape architecture at Michigan State University drove Kate to South Florida after receiving her degree. She practiced large-scale resort design in the Southeastern United States and throughout the Caribbean.

Seeking another dramatic change of climate and scenery, Kate moved to the South of France. While living and working in the stunning light of Provence for four years, her love of Mediterranean plants and water-wise planting took root.

Throughout her work overseas, Kate experienced the tradition and mastery of old world craftsmanship. She designed and collaborated with artisans who learned their trade from their fathers and grandfathers. She brings this love of craft to Arterra’s exceptional detailing and design.

Kate is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Build It Green, and the National Association of Women Business Owners. She is a Certified Green Building Professional and is constantly looking for ways to incorporate sustainable design into all facets of the garden. She and Vera were recognized by NAWBO as top three finalists for their Rising Star Award in 2009.

If asked what makes her happiest the answer is clear: being outdoors. Running, biking and walking the California wildlands continue to connect Kate to the land. If she must be inside, she is most likely cooking, painting or trying to master the New York Times Sunday Crossword puzzle.