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Influences and inspiration

Earl has a master’s degree in ornamental horticulture and plant and soil science and is a certified craftsman gardener by the National Trust of Scotland. Originally from the small farm town of Grand Ridge, Ill., Earl was introduced to horticulture by both sides of his family with grandparents who made gardening a key part of his childhood. He took that interest and grew it into an educational journey and career in horticulture. 


Studying at numerous educational institutions and being selected for several coveted internship positions, Earl has taken his talents all over the United States and even the United Kingdom at Threave Garden and Estate an Inverewe Gardens in the highlands of Scotland. Throughout his career as a professional horticulturist, he's held positions all over the U.S., including Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, Holden Arboretum in Ohio, Austin, Tex., Cheekwood Botanical Garden in Nashville, Tenn., Chicago, Ill., and more. 


Personally, Earl values authenticity, both in people and in his designs. While it's good to venture out to see what other plant designers and garden centers are doing creatively, it's also important to draw on your own imagination and vision. 


With designs in varying styles, such as modern, sleek, high-color, foliage-forward, monotone, blooms, and more, Earl starts with the actual container -- the vessel that will hold his creation. Based on emotions, vibes, and an attention to seasonality and sustainability, he lets his instincts guide him to build a design. 

This website hosts only a fraction of Earl's current horticulture and florist work. You can browse by location, season, and floral arrangements. If you have any questions or inquiries, you can reach Earl by email at

A brief look at my educational journey


Joliet Junior College, Illinois

Associate's Degrees in landscape, nursery, greenhouse, and turf grass management


Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania

Selected for two Professional Horticulture Program internships 


National Trust Gardens of Scotland, UK

Selected for internship at the Threave School of Gardening, Castle Douglas


Holden Arboretum, Ohio

Selected for internship through Holden Forests & Gardens


Southern Illinois University, Illinois

Plant and Soils Science and Horticulture master's degree funded by the USDA


Adventuring around Chicago


Bear, the mischievous cat

Where you may have seen my recent work

Chicago's Chalet is the leading destination for inspired landscape design, classically fresh products, curated home décor, and more

Ottertail County, MN

Earl has been lending his talents to Ma's Little Red Barn in Perham, Minn., following a relocation. There he helps with custom flower arrangements, bouquets, and more

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