Cathy Carr, APLD

At a minimum, gardens provide spatial experiences for our senses.

As we enter and leave our home, we move through our garden and enjoy changing scenery, texture and fragrance. We can be alone in our garden or with others. We can sit, read, relax, and dream, or play vigorously in our garden. We can groom our plants or our pets in our garden. We can stare at a fire, the stars, or a reflection in water; absorb sunrise and admire sunset;
howl at the full moon, do yoga or play cards;
watch spiders spin and raindrops fall.

At their best, gardens are potent, sacred spaces.


Relationship: Client
Project Date: Dec 2013

Cathy Carr has THE BEST TASTE PERIOD! She knows her plants and has the knowledge of aesthetics and how to work with what nature has provided! All her work is TOP NOTCH! HIRE HER you won't be disa... Read More

Elizabeth Spratt Cooper
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Nov 2011

Cathy saved us so much time! I started with another company, working with the main landscaper, and after months of back and forth, I had become overwhelmed and frustrated at the lack of progress. A n... Read More

Anya Blakeley
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Oct 2018

I live in an urban area, in a small town house. My back yard was a postage stamp of crab grass that I had to mow every 10 days. No enjoyment whatsoever. I so appreciate Cathy's knowledge and vision, ... Read More

Relationship: Client
Project Date: Aug 2010

I knew of her reputation as a passionate landscape designer by word of mouth, and asked her for some input aimed at resolving a drainage problem. Her response was both highly effective on a problem so... Read More

Relationship: Client
Project Date: Jul 2012

I needed to re-landscape both my front and backyards due to damage from winter storms as well as having oversized shrubs.Cathy worked with my ideas as well as her own to come up with a phased in plan... Read More

Relationship: Client
Project Date: Oct 2013

Cathy worked with us to design and implement an entirely new landscape to our old property. She was incredibly meticulous and patient, and worked within our budget on our timeline to both deliver the ... Read More

Relationship: Client
Project Date: Mar 2013

Cathy Carr is wonderful to work with. She's talented, knowledgeable, and efficient. She has a thorough understanding of garden design, hardscaping, drainage, site lighting, and functionality and she... Read More

Relationship: Client
Project Date: Nov 2013

I hired Cathy Carr to solve aesthetic and functional landscaping issues. Our house sits on a hill. A dangerously steep flight of brick steps and path composed of poorly-matched brick provided the only... Read More

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2014: Named Best of Houzz 2014 in Customer Satisfaction category
2013: Design/Build Panelist for APLD Regional Chapter’s Business Seminar
2012: Named Best of Houzz 2012 in Design category
2012: Lecturer: National Capital Area Garden Club’s Landscape Design School
2011: Artist-in-Residence at; Re-certified by international APLD
2010: Merit Award from PLANET, the Green Industry’s national organization
2009: Certified Professional Horticulturalist (CPH), Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association
2007: 3 Grand Awards from the LCA of VA, MD and DC
2007: 2 Merit Awards from PLANET
2006: 2 Grand Awards from LCA
2006: Merit Award from PLANET, formerly ALCA
2005: Achieve certification by international APLD
2005 to Present: Mentor GWU Landscape Design and Univ. of MD Landscape Mgmt program students
2004: Award of Distinction from LCA
2004: Honorable Mention from Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA)
2000: Certified Landscape Designer, George Washington University, Washington DC
1999: Second Place Award, GWU Student and Alumni competition,
1992: Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, The American University, Washington DC
1991-1994: Design, construct and manage 5,000 square foot community herb garden