Catherine Wachs, Landscape Designer & Owner
After a decades long career in advertising design, Catherine became interested in organic gardening after moving to Larchmont in 1993.
She joined the Sheldrake Environmental Center and worked in the Mamaroneck School District as a naturalist educator, teaching children and adults about the natural world and our obligations towards the environment. After three years, Catherine took the helm of the Sheldrake naturalist educator program, recruiting and training new naturalists.
Catherine capitalized on her growing expertise in 2005 with the founding of The Lazy Gardener. Originally a cable tv program, The Lazy Gardener showcased seasonal tips and organic methods for Westchester home gardeners. In 2007, the company transitioned to designing beautiful gardens, patios and water features for private and municipal properties. With a background in advertising and graphic design, Catherine found that landscape design drew on her creative skills in similar ways. Catherine explains, "The same design principles used to craft images for corporate advertising apply to landscape design. There's a story to every property- the image we want to project to the world. Now, instead of print and television images, my medium is plants."
Ms. Wachs (rhymes with phlox) studied landscape design in the New York Botanical Gardens' Gardening Certificate Program. The NYBG's program is equivalent to a Cooperative Extension's Master Gardener certification.
Renee Richmond, Landscape Designer
Renee Richmond moved to New York City from southern California after receiving her BFA from Art Center College of Design. She landed her dream job at Ogilvy & Mather and enjoyed a successful career as an advertising creative director. But what she really loved about the east coast was the four seasons.
Renee and her partner bought a carriage house in lower Westchester, with a small garden. That garden changed her life. Nothing, except her dogs, makes her happier than playing with plants. Every season brings a joyous surprise. And her garden is no longer small– there are just so many plants to try!
Like Catherine, Renee saw a natural synergy between advertising design and garden design. So, she made the leap and became a professional garden designer, apprenticing with a landscaper while honing her skills by redesigning friends and neighbors’ gardens. She studies Landscape Design at The New York Botanical Gardens, where she learns about even more plants to play with. She may have to move to a house with more property.
Renee’s passion is “designing gardens that foster a relationship between a client and Mother Nature. Each has diverse wants, needs and desires. My job is to play match-maker.”
Sam Katz, Office Manager & Business Development
Sam started with The Lazy Gardener in September 2016 and manages most back office functions. She has experience in sales, marketing, management and computer skills. A native Floridian and former U.K. resident, Sam is passionate about gardens and the outdoors and enjoys applying her organizational skills towards growing the business.
Westchester, New York:
Bronxville, Eastchester, Harrison, Hartsdale, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Pelham, Port Chester, Rye, Rye Brook, Scarsdale (east of Bronx River), White Plains