Kathleen Hoxie, founder and lead designer, has been involved with plants since she grew sweet peas from seed during her New Jersey childhood. After graduation from Fairleigh Dickinson University, she worked in New York and California in the publishing industry. Later experience brought her to Virginia where she earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary and established a career in administrative management.
With the purchase of a new home, Kathleen and her husband, Dale, began extensive landscaping projects on their property. Digging in the dirt motivated Kathleen to enroll in landscaping and horticulture courses at NVCC's Loudoun campus. These courses grew into a desire to pursue horticulture as a career. In 1994, she left her full-time administrative position to study at Virginia Tech. After graduating with a B.S. in Horticulture in 1996, she set up her own landscaping and floral design company in Northern Virginia.
Hands-on growing experience for the Reston Farm Market led to a special interest in growing dahlias and lilies. Kathleen is a past president of both the Potomac Lily Society and National Capital Dahlia Society; she uses these flowers and many others from her home garden in her design work. She has given presentations on lilies and dahlias to several area garden clubs and volunteers to teach floral design at local senior citizen homes. She has expertise in small scale landscape design and has provided guidance to a number of homeowners in the Reston/Herndon area.
Kathleen's floral design education includes courses at NVCC, Virginia Tech and self-study. She has been a floral and landscape design instructor for Fairfax County's Adult and Community Education and has benefited personally from the experience of teaching others. Several of her students now work in her business as designers.