While earning her AA degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design from Edmonds College in Seattle, Washington, she worked alongside a landscape contractor. She was responsible for designing projects and coordinating the crews to implement her designs. Debbie was also in charge of several maintenance accounts which helped her design more practical and functional designs.
Starting in the wholesale nursery department at Teufel Nursery, one of Oregon’s largest nurseries, she gained extensive knowledge and experience in plant sales. She eventually headed up the newly formed residential construction department, and began working part-time designing and developing garden spaces for clients she met through her connections at the nursery. Debbie left Teufel after six years and in 1996 began pursuing her own venture: Creative Garden Spaces.
APLD – Association of Professional Landscape Designers
OLCA – Oregon Landscape Contractors Association
AOLP – Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals
HPSO – Hardy Plant Society of Oregon
Leach Botanical Garden