David Beaulieu is a garden writer with an appreciation for great landscaping, a passion for learning about all kinds of plants on multiple levels, and a love for sharing his knowledge with readers.
You can contact David by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 15+ years experience writing about landscaping
- Published over 750 articles on Dotdash/About.com
- Hands-on experience with plants during a decade of work in the nursery business
- Worked two years for The Wall Street Journal
David has spent 15+ years writing about landscaping for Dotdash/About.com. He was also a regular contributor to Do! (2003-2006), the home and garden magazine published by Highbury House. As an amateur plant photographer he has amassed a collection of photographs from private residences, public parks, and botanical gardens across North America.
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. David has appeared on "Ask Andrea," the nationally syndicated radio show targeted to do-it-yourself home and garden enthusiasts.
A gardener even as a child, David has always been drawn to plants and began working in the nursery business after college. Raising plant stock professionally and selling it retail deepened his understanding of horticulture, sensitized him to the needs of the gardening public, and put him in touch with leaders of the green industry.
Fascinated by the written word, David received a B.A. in Classics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, culminating in a semester overseas at The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Italy. After completing his studies in Rome, he traveled extensively in Europe, where he gained an appreciation for the great formal gardens such as those at Versailles, France. Upon his return to the States, he achieved a Masters degree in Classics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
After his stint in the nursery business, David's love of the written word took him to The Wall Street Journal. He worked there for two years prior to returning to school for a Microcomputer Specialist certificate from Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA, which launched his career as an online garden writer.
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.
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.