GreenHeart, LLC
Cathy Carr, FAPLD
Principal Designer, GreenHeart, LLC
Garden Design & Consulting

Cathy believes that the experience of beauty is necessary to the human spirit and that well-designed gardens provide unlimited opportunities for joy.

She engages personally with her clients -homeowners, architects, and contractors- to understand specific needs and unspoken desires for the property. Cathy creates outside spaces that can evoke wonder while still being practical and functional.

She guides each project with experience and knowledge of the realities of construction, maintenance, and budget.
Bio photo: Clifford A. Wheeler
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.
36 Reviews
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Jul 2018

Cathy is an absolute joy to work with. She is extremely knowledgeable but subtle in her approach. She listens carefully so her design is tailored. I love my new garden!Read More

Relationship: ClientProject Date: Aug 2018

Greenheart was the best decision I made in designing my yard. The meticulous attention to detail and design was incredible. Cathy helped facilitate everything from getting ideas and concepts from me; ...Read More

Kathryn Horlick
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Aug 2018

I had an excellent experience with Cathy. She made an attractive plan for the problem areas in my front and back yard with a focus on sustainable ,zone-hardy plants that will be easy to care for. Sh...Read More

Relationship: ClientProject Date: Sep 2018

We contracted with Cathy Carr to design and execute a landscape plan for the front and rear areas of our townhome, including an irrigation system and driveway replacement. She first interviewed us and...Read More

Office Dimensions Inc
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Sep 2018

Cathy Carr at Greenheart Design was absolutely wonderful to work with. She helped my husband and I transform our vision for a more inviting front entrance with better connectivity to the whole yard i...Read More

Relationship: ClientProject Date: Jun 2017

We spent several years interviewing certified garden designers, landscape architects and landscape design-build firms who bundled everything before finally finding Cathy. She offered exactly what we w...Read More

Janice Fitzgibbon
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Sep 2017

What a wonderful experience I had working with Cathy! Our backyard was badly in need of a make-over and I was in need of a basic education about plants and landscape design. Not knowing much other tha...Read More

Paula Bryan
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Jun 2017

Eighteen months after completing a home renovation, we were looking for help with landscaping. After seeing photos of GreenHeart projects on Houzz, and reading such positive reviews, I contacted Cath...Read More

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2019: Became a FELLOW of the Assoc. of Professional Landscape Designers
2018-2012: Seven time recipient of Best of Houzz
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, 2 Merit Awards from PLANET
2006: 2 Grand Awards from LCA, 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, 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