Karen has been a freelance landscape designer since 2008, working with residential clients to create habitat friendly gardens. She has designed gardens for six Backyard Habitat Program applicants. She earned her landscape design certificate from Portland Community College, an Organic Master Gardener Certificate from OSU Master Gardener program and has also studied Horticulture at Clackamas Community College. She has worked at several retail nurseries since 2010, ordering plants from wholesalers and working with customers. She has also spent a season maintaining a 70 acre estate garden near Forest Park and currently maintains three gardens she designed. Karen’s most valuable experience has come from working in her own Portland gardens for over 20 years.