Leeann is continually fascinated with a garden’s ability to captivate, seduce and transform. Every garden is utterly unique. It is a combination and reflection of five critical influences: God , art, culture, geography and the personality of the owner / gardener and the designer.
Gardens reflect a personal history that motivates and inspires the work. Gardens represent patience and a commitment. Gardens are the ultimate in personalized art.
Leeann is an award-winning landscape designer, earning top honors in the first “Broadway in Bloom” contest open to amateur and professional gardeners to design flowerbeds at the intersections of Broadway and 82, 83, and 84th Streets in New York City.
A Duchess Designs client garden was the featured garden in 2003 “Gardens of the Garden State” art contest web site and another garden design client was chosen as the inspiration for a 2005 award-winning juried fine art rendering.
Leeann’s garden work with her landscape design firm, Duchess Designs, is featured in the recently published book, Cottages and Mansions of the Jersey Shore, by Caroline Seebohm and was highlighted in three issues of “Design NJ” magazine www.designnewjersey.com.
Leeann and Duchess Designs, LLC has always been an advocate of using
Leeann has served as judge for the Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest and was asked to judge the New Jersey Flower and Garden Show’s garden design vignettes. Leeann is also a member of The Garden Writer’s Association, MetroHort Group, and the Garden Conservancy.
Duchess Designs contributes to local fundraising events and charities, especially those that benefit the environment.