The love of landscape, as well as art and architecture, lured Amy away from her previous career as a family therapist, and began her penchant to blend these art forms into a unique practice. In addition to studying horticulture and voraciously visiting gardens around the world, she graduated from the Landscape Institute of Harvard University at the Arnold Arboretum in 2003. For 20 years she has created distinctive landscapes; from seaside properties along the south shore of Boston to compact jewels in the city, naturalistic woodlands lush with native plants and formal parterres of structural beauty. But when you talk to her coworkers or friends, they are most likely to talk about Amy’s vivacious energy and optimistic spirit. That energy and whimsical spirit is apparent in all the landscapes she creates and is the engine that powers her creative process.
She sees the landscape as a living, breathing, changing work of art, as an oasis for the soul and an act of stewardship to the land. “To create a garden, a landscape, is a heady thrill. To manipulate the forces of nature, to manifest an idea, a vision, and bring it into form for the improvement of people’s lives and the good of the earth is deeply gratifying.”
On weekends she’ll be found digging in the garden, visiting art museums with her husband, making music with friends and reading in the hammock.
Designer Tish Campbell starts every project with a curious and open mind. From the existing architecture of a client's property, to their aesthetic and vision for their outdoor living space, Tish takes all of these elements into account when she is designing a project. Our clients really love that about her, but they also appreciate the global perspective she brings to the design process. Tish has lived on almost every continent in the world and grew up on the west coast surrounded by mid-century, modern landscapes. She has a knack for composing her varied influences seamlessly into the landscapes of the south shore and always stays true to the local vibe. What she loves most about this part of the world she now calls home, is that one day she can be working on a beautiful coastal property and the next day she is designing for a home tucked into the woods. What is consistent about her approach, is her love and sincere appreciation of design. “I find any kind of design fascinating,” said Tish. “From the design of a pencil, to the shape of a skyscraper.”
Tish graduated from the Landscape Institute at the Boston Architectural College. She also has a degree from University of California Santa Barbara, where she was a double major in French and Art History. Tish was an educator for many years before pursuing landscape design. When she is not designing, Tish loves to be outdoors. From paddle boarding to running, Tish likes taking advantage of all that this part of the country has to offer.
Resident Designer Ruth Riske is the only member of our staff who can seamlessly draw comparisons between science and landscape design. It’s no wonder though, as Ruth began her career as a biochemist in the pharmaceutical industry before deciding to turn her passion for finding artful ways to arrange shrubs, trees and hardscapes into a second career. By blending her artistic vision, and her analytical side, Ruth creates designs that visually resonate with our clients and are backed by sound ecological principles. Because we are all so entrenched in technology, Ruth believes we need nature more than ever and lives are improved when we can spend time in a meaningful outdoor space, which she loves creating for our clients.
“I love how the manipulation of space can enhance a person’s emotional well-being,” says Ruth. “The wrong space drains you of energy, the right space improves your mood and enhances your productivity.”
Ruth is a graduate of the Landscape Design at the Boston Architectural College. She also has a Ph.D in Nutritional Biochemistry from Rutgers University. When she’s not designing, she is spending as much time as she can with her family.
Jill Butterworth is our Client Services manager. She brings over a decade of experience and expertise in communications, marketing and business development from a variety of industries including tech, finance and journalism. Jill’s focus at the firm is to make sure our clients are kept well-informed and happy with their projects. She also utilizes her sharp eye and creative background for content creation so the world stays up to date on all of the beautiful projects the Design Team is working on. When not in the office, she is either running after her little ones, jogging to the beach, or reading. Jill shares the team’s passion for landscape design and is working on perfecting her vegetable garden and her love of container planting in her spare time.