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Amy Neiberline’s interest in gardening started at an early age. Her interest blossomed into a part time job while in high school when she worked for four summers for Kurt Bluemel, Inc., who is the renowned ornamental grass and perennial plantsmen who was responsible for introducing grasses and sedges to the US from Germany.

She then took that same enthusiasm for gardening to University of Maryland, College Park, where she received a B.S. in Horticulture Science. She earned her Masters of Landscape Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her thesis was on landfill reclamation sites and how to reuse a site after its use as a landfill.

After her education she worked for the past 15 years for a landscape contractor, for the land-planning firm EDAW, and more recently for the locally known firm, Oehme Van Sweden and Associates. All of her experiences have contributed to her own unique design style.

She now is the owner of Datura Landscape Design, a small firm in the Northern Virginia area. She works closely with clients to deliver a design for their residence that works with their budget and interests. She has clients ranging from plant enthusiasts to clients who are interested in a low maintenance garden.

She likes to bring a harmony with the local ecology to all of her projects by working with clients to improve their soil in order to reduce the need for plant fertilizers and other chemicals. She also likes to use plants that don’t require as much care as others, but above all plants that are beautiful year round and can feed the local wildlife.

She works closely with a few local landscape contractors in order to oversee the correct install of her designs. She is on site with the contractor to make sure that the install is exactly as the drawn design.