Good Earth Gardeners

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Good Earth Gardeners
First Name: Kara
Last Name: Crissey
Company Name: Good Earth Gardeners, LLC
Good Earth Gardeners provides distinctive design, installation and fine gardening maintenance services to residential gardens in the Annapolis and Eastern Shore areas. With sixteen years of experience, our gardening practices balance aesthetic design with ecological intelligence.
Phone Number: 814.262.5702
Business Address: 67 Franklin St.
Suite 2
City: Annapolis
State: Maryland
ZIP Code: 21401
About Us:

Kara B. Crissey, owner
Good Earth Gardeners
67 Franklin St, Annapolis, MD 21401

Good Earth Gardeners, LLC was founded in 2003 by Kara Crissey. Services include distinctive landscape design, fine garden maintenance and installation of gardens. Our garden practices balance aesthetics with ecological intelligence

Certification & Training

2019 CBLP I Certification
2014 Green Walls: Systems Overview and Design
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
2012 Green Roof Design
Green Roof Infrastructure: Design and Installation
Green Roof Waterproofing and Drainage
Green Roof Plants and Growing Media
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
2010 MNLA Specialist in Herbaceous Perennials, Maryland Nursery & Landscaping Association
2009 Garden Design Internship, Jardin d’Art et Essais, Normanville, France
2008 MNLA Certified Professional Horticulturalist (CPH), Maryland Nursery & Landscaping Association
Rainscapes Contractor Training, Montgomery County, MD
2006 Garden Design Internship, Jardin d’Art et Essais, Normanville, France

Professional Affiliations

Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy (AAWSA) – Anne Arundel County, MD
• Professional Consortium Member of the Year, 2009
• Volunteer consultation support to Master Watershed Steward students and graduates
Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC) – Annapolis, MD
• Board of Directors, Committee Chair of Events and Promotions
• Organized industry professional field days

Press & Publications

2015 Magazine article by Levine, Tom, “A High Note on the South River.” Annapolis Home Magazine, Jul. 2015, Vol. 6, No. 4: 41-46
Film by Catherine Zimmerman, “Hometown Habitat Fall 2015.
2010 Book by Catherine Zimmerman, “Urban and Suburban Meadows: Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces.” Austin: Greenleaf Book Group. 2010: 61,185.
Newspaper article by Sharon Lee Tegler, “A Neighborly Solution to Water Pollution.” The Capitol, July 2010.
Technical Manual developed by the Worcester County Department of Comprehensive Planning, “Rain Gardens Across Maryland.” 2010: 27.
2009 Newspaper article by Katie Arcieri, “Nipping Projects in the Bud.” The Capitol, April 28, 2009.
2008 Magazine article by Donna Cole, “The Beauty of Rain Gardens.” Waterfront Living, Fall 2008.


2019 Panel, “Bare Spots, Bogs and Boundaries” at Anne Arundel County Watershed Steward Conference, February 23, 2019
2015 Lecture, “Native Plants in Our Gardens” at Garden Club of Johnstown in Johnstown, PA on March 9, 2015
2012 Panel, “Rainscaping Lessons Learned” at Watershed Stewards Academy Annual Conference in Millersville, MD on January 14, 2012
2011 Lecture, “Designing with Native Plants” at Homestead Gardens: A Perennial Affair in Davidsonville, MD on June 11, 2011
2009 Guest Instructor, “Rain Garden How To” at Watershed Stewards Academy Certification Course, Session in Millersville, MD on March 18, 2009

Garden Tours

2018 Hammon-Harwood House Secret Garden Tour featuring three Annapolitan gardens
2017 Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage Tour Indian Lane gardens designed in 2014
2014 Hammond-Harwood House Secret Garden Tour featured a formal-colonial Annapolis garden
Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy Rainscaping Tour featured a storm water management and conservation planting project
American Ivy Society International Garden Group Tour featured a formal-colonial Annapolis garden
2012 Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage Tour featured Topeg II, a stormwater management system and conservation planting project
2007 Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage Tour featured an historical Annapolis garden

Years of Experience: 16
CBLP Level 1- Basic Foundation in Sustainable Design and Installation
  • Carefully Wild
  • Yarrow Lace Meadow
  • Winter Garden with Muhly Grass
  • Fall Garden
  • Winter Container
  • Xeriscaping - Useful Beauty
  • Edible Flowers - Amaranth
  • Vegetable Garden
  • Native Grasses in Winter

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