Growing up in northeastern Ohio, C.J. was never the child to sit still for very long. She did it all- from playing in several competitive sports to excelling in the creative arts. But it was her time spent in the garden with her mother, a master gardener, that planted the seed for her love of all things green. For her senior project in high school, she chose to shadow a family friend who worked at a local landscape design/build firm and that's when she envisioned her future in Landscape Design.
During her study at Temple University, C.J. began working at The Morris Arboretum learning plant maintenance, pest control and propagation techniques in the greenhouse and fernery. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Temple University, she was awarded The Alice & J. Liddon Pennock Jr. Horticultural Internship at The Morris Arboretum where she continued to build upon her knowledge learning plant identification as well as maintenance and installation under the guidance of the head horticulturalist and garden section leaders. For her intern project she was also able to design and install a renovation for one of the gardens. Years later she joined Land-Tech Enterprises designing landscapes and managing all aspects of landscape design/build installations throughout northern and southeastern Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
In 2013 C.J. became part of the Terren team and her path continues to flourish as a highly talented designer. Her two major influences are Gertrude Jekyll, a prolific horticulturalist who created over 400 gardens in her lifetime in the UK, Europe and the U.S, and Piet Oudolf, a renown garden designer who Is known for his extraordinary work in perennial gardens.