David Beaulieu's career as a garden writer and dispenser of landscaping tips builds on a decade of prior work in the nursery business. He attributes his accumulation of such a diversity of plant facts to a lifelong love of plants of all kinds.
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David was a regular contributor to Do! (2003-2006), the home and garden magazine published by Highbury House. He has been interviewed by numerous newspapers and national U.S. magazines such as Woman's World and American Way, as well as by the Canadian magazine, Downhome. He has also appeared on "Ask Andrea," the nationally syndicated radio show targeted to do-it-yourself home and garden enthusiasts.
Masters degree, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1983.
My approach to presenting do-it-yourself landscaping tips is not only to instruct, but also to inspire. To that end, I try to engage the reader in some of the wonderful narratives that underlie the more mundane of plant facts. Are you deeply passionate about plants? Then you will probably want to know more about them than just name, rank and serial number.
That's why I delve deeper than that for you at every opportunity, detailing not only what a plant looks like and how to grow and use it, but also providing background information to bring its profile alive. For example, as a former Latin teacher, I'm delighted to furnish you with the derivation of a plant's botanical name (there will be no quiz, I promise!). I may also surprise you with a mythological association from time to time, and I've even been known to divulge facts about traditional culinary or medicinal uses.
Landscaping is about more than just impressing the neighbors with an immaculate lawn, tailored shrubs, and flower beds where weeds dare not speak their name. I'm a nature lover, the type of person who wants to drink in every last drop of joy afforded by the transitions from one season to the next. For me, a well-landscaped yard is a piece of nature that happens to be available on my own property, a convenient spot for communing with nature and shutting out the world's troubles. Interacting with plants is one of the cheapest and most effective therapies there is. Because I truly believe in their therapeutic efficacy, I strive to impart some of my enthusiasm for plants to those new to landscaping. Whether your thumb is brown or green, I consider it a privilege to help you create little pockets of paradise right outside your back door.
Disclaimer: Please note that David Beaulieu is dedicated to making every effort to provide accurate data for the Landscaping website at About.com, but he has not been trained as an attorney, and the content on his website should never be construed as legal advice. Zoning laws and other factors vary from region to region and will have to be researched on a case-by-case basis. Nor does David have medical training; the edibility or toxicity of plants, for example, are issues best referred to medical experts. The information on this website is intended strictly for guidance and inspiration.