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The Next Level

When I first decided to start Emerald Finish, I knew the road was going to be long and hard with many ups and downs.  In the beginning, I was working a full time job at a private estate where I was the head gardener and greenhouse manager. It was where I acquired my passion for growing and was completely submerged into a landscape.

My boss, Anna, and I worked closely together and had a level of respect for one another that surpassed boss employee standards. We quickly became family. The yard became my own to care for, nurture, and mold above and beyond. Over the last 5 years, I have learned so much about myself and what I am capable of. Anna has always supported me in all of my endeavors and encouraged me to keep pushing Emerald Finish forward, even if it meant not being at her house as often.

This year her house has sold and she is moving. It is a sad but necessary change. It wasn’t until just recently that it sunk in that I wasn’t going to be growing annuals, veggies, dahlias, begonias and perennials. No babying them, singing to them, watching them mature, no planting, no hands in the dirt. It was a bittersweet feeling that honestly made me pretty sad. Not to mention I was out of a permanent employer, no security net.

This is where having a network of incredible people is extremely important. In this line of work, having trustworthy fellow Gardeners/Growers/Landscapers and having a solid reputation is the key to success. Plus the personal drive and motivation it takes to get up each day at 4am and take care of all things growing under the sun.  Through a great friend of mine Kari, owner of The Greenhouse, I was introduced to The Gozzer Ranch and will be working for them each spring.  That is a blessing since I am no longer with Anna.

This is the year that Emerald Finish will be moving to the next level. I will be meeting with a close friend and client that will be mentoring me on how to take it there. The goal for this year is to get a few trustworthy people working for me. That is a bigger feat than you would think. What we do is not easy and is not for everyone. There is sacrifice of self. Your body is exhausted, sore, and exposed to every element Idaho can throw at it from March to November. There are no sick days, paid time off, and no paid benefits. Why do I do it then…..well I would rather work for myself and take joy in what my mind and hands can accomplish. Putting my hand in the dirt each day, molding a landscape to become a work of art, and seeing happy clients look at their yard in awe. That is why I do it. I love my job. Being in this field is the first time I have felt successful at what I do. It has been my life for the past 9 years. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

The next level starts with weeding through countless people to see who has what it takes to uphold the Emerald Finishes High end detailed quality grooming and Finish work.  I have high standards for myself and work, and hold myself personally accountable for every plant on a client’s property. I can’t control nature, so I give myself a break if it wreaks havoc on plants during the season. Some things are out of my control, and all you can do is pray it all works out. J

I take great joy in my work. Each day I am humbled by all that has happened so far and how greatly blessed I am to have such amazing clients and friends. Without the amazing network of people, God, and extremely hard work and perseverance I would not be where I am today as an owner of my own business.

This journey has just begun. Let’s see where it goes from here.

If you want to join me, my door is open.

~Get your hands dirty and give back to the soil that your life depends upon~



A Banner Year

Spring is here…Winter finally feels like it has left the building….and

Each year brings with it new adventures and new roads to go down. As we go down these roads, we patiently wait to see what is around each corner with optimism and a willingness to do what needs to be done.

There are many times we feel like the roads just keep getting longer, and the tasks keep piling up. But lo and behold things always get done.

I have been greatly blessed with many challenges and rewarding outcomes along with my journeys of being a working mom and a business owner. The balancing of all this chaos of working a full time job and running my business is critical. We have monthly schedules written out for work, school, fun time, and nightly family time to reconnect.

It is easy to get lost in the stress, and feel like I’m  drowning in all the tasks at hand. What helps me? Schedules, making time for myself, and had It a great support team behind me.

Why do I do it if it’s stressful and hard? It’s simple….. I love my job. I love my clients. I love making a difference in each yard I detail. It is my calling, and my passion. I thank God for each day I get to play with plants and detail gardens. Prayers are answered and my business is flourishing.

My mom said the phrase “It’s going to be a banner year” to me a few months ago. I couldn’t agree more.  Let’s see what this summer has in store. I am ready to walk down the road ahead and tackle all the adventures along the way.

Thank you for everyone who loves and supports me along the way. Thank you to Emily and Molly for being a part of Emerald Finish and being awesome strong women I can count on, who do incredible work. Thank you to my amazing clients for letting me make their yards sparkle.

See you down the road.

Let’s make it A Banner Year!

Garden and be happy


Is spring almost over?


How quickly is summer approaching….where is the time going. The year is almost half over already! We are planning our camping trips and our winter vacation…yikes it is going to fly by.

I am happy to say that the business is going well. I have amazing clients that have gorgeous yards that I get the pleasure of maintaining this year. What a blessing.

It is very rewarding to see the owners happy that they don’t have to worry about their yards for the season. That is why I m here. 🙂



I offer more than just high end cleaning and grooming of the landscape. There is a level of responsibility I have to those plants the earth and everything that crawls and grows.  Making sure it is all happy, pruned and blooming is an everyday accomplishment. Furthermore, ensuring that my clients are informed of any issue, and educated on what can be done to encourage an even more gorgeous yard.

Sometimes I think…why do I do two jobs? Why do I love this career so much? That’s simple….nature will reward you with more than you could ever imagine. Its glorious beauty, astonishing will to thrive, and breath taking power over the soul. Incredible. Bold. Simplicity.

Nature is where I belong. I will play in the dirt forever.

Happy Gardening