The germination of The White Pear began many moons ago…
My humble beginnings as a gardener, started with my love for gardening in pots. I suppose I had no choice, since I was living in a ground floor apartment in LA with no dirt to dig in. But, upon purchasing my first potted plant, I realized that I could still have a garden—a garden in pots! I would stage my potted garden outside my apartment door and along the walkway. The scene was intoxicating and overflowing with life—fragrance, color, butterflies, and bees!
Shortly, after graduating from UCLA with a degree in English Literature, I began studying interior design at The Fashion Institute for Design & Merchandising in LA, and spent time in London, studying the interiors and gardens of the historic homes. It was an exciting time for me—a world filled with art history, furniture styles, textiles, design principals…and plants!
While working as an assistant interior designer at Thompson Design Associates, I began my studies in photography. I studied at the renowned Santa Fe Workshops in New Mexico, specializing in large format architecture photography. Photography projects for architects, designers, contractors, and magazine publishers started coming in. But, after 15 + years, my other love beckoned — garden design! I enrolled in the Landscape Technology program at PCC in Portland, Oregon, while still working as a commercial photographer.
Through the lens of a photographer, I see beauty, light, and composition. Through the eyes of an interior designer, I can pull together a complete and cohesive outdoor living space. As a garden designer, I see infinite combinations within the plant world. Through these experiences, I believe I bring a unique perspective to the world of garden design and outdoor living.
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Love, Holly ~ Your Queen Bee at The White Pear