After spending a career as a marketing communications professional in the high-technology industry, I took a sabbatical and spent time planning a new home garden. I was fortunate to work with landscape designer, Bonnie Brock who inspired me to explore and research plant selections. After our plant installation, I found there were a lot of lessons to be learned on plant maintenance and irrigation management. I enrolled in Foothill College's horticulture program and became hooked on all the curriculum. After three years I graduated with an A.S. degree in Environmental Horticulture and Landscape Design in June 2020. I am now exploring ways to collaborate with other professionals in developing sustainable landscape designs and maintenance programs for containers, small space and residence gardens. I am QWEL certified and learning how to design drip irrigation plans.