RB in gardenRonda M. Brands

Garden Designer & Horticulturist
Instructor & Editor
Garden Guide & Urban Explorer

Motivated by the desire to connect urbanites with nature, I specialize in creating beautiful four-season gardens of lush plantings and year-round interest for public parks and urban neighborhoods, university and residential campuses, and private homes in the New York City area and beyond.


  • Diploma in Horticulture from the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture
  • Landscape design training from the Landscape Institute of Harvard University
  • Apprenticeship and design work with renowned public garden designer Lynden B. Miller
  • Previous professional work experience in nonprofit arts management, board relations, and strategic development
  • Master’s Degree in English Literature

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