Nina the Gardener
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Nina the GardenerWhen I reflect back on my life, I now realize the carefully crafted journey I unknowingly took on my way to becoming an accomplished gardener. I have gained knowledge, beginning with watching and learning from my mom and visiting beautiful gardens in Florida as a child, through experimenting with multiple flowers, trees, and shrubs in my own backyard as an adult.

To this day as I travel through life, I am constantly observing and photographing gardens I pass along the way. I love walking through the streets of Philadelphia and Washington, DC in the spring, summer, and fall. There are so many hidden treasures just around the bend waiting to be found.


In addition to visiting neighborhood gardens and observing flower boxes and beautiful potted displays on front steps, I enjoy visiting gardens created by very talented designers. Some of these gardens include:

…. just to name a fraction of the gardens I have observed so far!

In addition to learning through observation I have read numerous books, and browsed magazines, catalogues, and websites to enhance my knowledge of gardening.

I also completed a “staging” course to assist people in creating the best curb appeal for their homes when selling their most treasured possession. Visit my site at Tasteful Redesigns.


Creating Gardens

I have moved around a lot in my lifetime. At each new destination I created gardens in my yard; some small, others much larger. For 26 years I resided in the country and owned one and 2/3rd acres of property. Across the street was a lovely horse farm that extended as far as the eye could see.

When we first moved to the property there was nothing but wide open space full of mud! There were no gardens, trees, shrubs or flowers. After many years of grunt work and a vision, my husband (who was the laborer!) and I created a park-like setting. I will always look back on that home with great fondness.

Below are pictures of our large backyard. We planted most of the shrubs, flowers and trees, and built the firepit and brick walkways and patio. I designed the yard.

Pictures of Large Yard

When I moved into my current home, I had to downsize my garden to a 25 by 30 foot patio with a pergola. It was quite a change from maintaining a huge area to one that could be placed on a postage stamp!

Below are some pictures of my rather small garden.

Garden Tours

After making it my own, I was asked if I’d like to be a stop on the local garden tour in my hometown of Bordentown. Of course I accepted! Who doesn’t want to show off their achievements?

Bordentown Garden Tour 2019
Two years later, I will again be on the tour, spring of 2022. I feel honored and blessed that I have acquired the skills to exhibit a garden that others feel are worth showcasing.


In addition to garden tours, one of my articles was featured in a local magazine called “Lewes Neighbors” published by Best Version Media. I have been asked to submit more articles and again will be featured this spring.


Even though I have not had formal education in gardening and landscape design, I have learned a tremendous amount of information through observation and reading anything I can get my hands on.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my credentials and will take the time to browse my website.

If you ever need advice or have any questions regarding gardening, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

Also, if you have a topic of interest and it is not listed on this website, drop me a line and I will do some research and consider publishing an article on it.

All the best,


Comments (6) on "CREDENTIALS"

  1. What beautiful pictures! Yes, you do have the credentials to give advice. I am not a person that is very good with decorating, so I admire your skills. And how exciting that you were featured in your home city tour! That’s an accomplishment.
    I have wanted to grow some herbs that I can use for cooking. I normally kill everything I grow, so I will be using your site for some information about herbs. And how not to kill plants! Will you be doing a herb article on parsley by any chance?
    Thank you.

    1. I’m glad you liked my article. Yes, parsley is on my list of herbs to explore. It should be published in about a week. Stay tuned! Thanks for commenting and please share the site with others.

  2. It’s incredible what you have achieved, just by looking at the photos I feel like “I could never get it like that” It’s not only a lot of work, I think you also have a talent for it. The fountains are a nice touch. I would love to have that as well when my house is built. Near one entrance I’m having a succulent garden (a tiny one) and I would love to place a fountain there.
    I have been to Kensington Gardens and it is indeed very beautiful. Have you also been to Kew Gardens in London? It’s also amazing.
    Diplomas and certificates aren’t always all that. I mean, it takes years of hard work and study to get them, I would never dismiss that effort. Nonetheless, not having a diploma is often underestimated. There are many talented people without the Phd or BA or MA suffix, and they often do it better than the ones who study for it.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. I really appreciate it. No, I have not visited Kew Gardens. I’ll put it on my list the next time I’m in that part of the world. Yes, it does take hard work to become a gardener, but it is truly a lot of fun AND a lot of trial and error, at least for me. So don’t think you do not have the talent. You have to start somewhere so why not now? I love your idea of a small succulent garden by your front door. A fountain would add a nice touch. Check out this post for a review on some fountains. You may find it interesting
      Thanks so much for commenting.

  3. Dear Nina, I follow your work and I am amazed at how much love and passion you put into gardening. From each of your texts radiates knowledge and experience related to the cultivation and care of plants. True, diplomas are not an indicator of success, I think it is enough to have a love for what you do. Both of your backyards look beautiful. I especially like how you make such a magical corner in a small space. I love begonias too! I don’t think there is a better person for gardening advice than you. By the way, the site looks wonderful, keep going on your amazing work! Danijela

    1. Dear Danijela. Thank you so very much for your kind words. A lot of sweat and grit has gone into creating gardens that I love. And I do enjoy learning from everything I can see and touch. I’m glad you like the new look of my website. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to change it without losing everything! But WordPress came through! Again, thanks so much for your comment.

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