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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.

Client Testimonials

GreenHeart is an award-winning landscape company and it was clear from our first meeting, why. Cathy Carr is creative, professional and meticulous to every detail. We highly recommend her.

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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