I was born in Lexington, Kentucky, into a family with a Horticulture tradition that dates back to the 1700’s in France and Germany. My great-great-great grandfather, Francis Xavier Hillenmeyer, came to America in 1838 after training at the famous Baumann Brothers Nursery in France. His arrival set into motion what has now been six generation of my family in the horticulture industry here in Lexington.
I grew up in Lexington, leaving in 1993 to attend The McCallie School in Chattanooga TN. After graduation, I worked with Don Shadow at Shadow Nursery in Winchester, TN. Don is a nationally recognized premiere horticulturist noted for his work in developing new cultivars of ornamental plants.
In 1996 I traveled to New Zealand where I worked as the horticulturist at a horse farm and interned at a perennial nursery. My next trip took me to Western Turkey where I worked at the well-known Karaca Arboretum outside of Istanbul. This is where I was really able to begin forming comprehensive ideas about garden design and thinking about organic connections between the garden and the home.
I have now returned to Lexington where I began my own garden design firm in 2001. Since then I have had the opportunity to continue to travel the world and the US studying garden design and horticulture. There have been many wonderful and trusting clients since then. Currently I serve as a director for the American Nursery and Landscape Association’s Landscape Board as well as a director for the Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association.