A native of Hawaii, Jim came to Boston in 1991 and brought with him a passion for lush and livable gardens. He has studied throughout New England and continues to participate in design seminars both as a speaker and student. In 1994 he started a landscape design business – a Blade of Grass – and has since created many of Boston's most desirable properties. An avid athlete, Jim competes in triathlons and spends his free time kayaking, playing volleyball and reading.
Tom has over 25 years experience in the green industry in New England, including a decade spent as an associate with a Boston-based landscape architectural firm honing his design and construction skills. He is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturalist (MCH) and the former wholesale division manager of Weston Nurseries of Hopkinton, MA, so he is well-versed in both the climatic challenges of New England, as well as its great horticultural traditions. He holds a B.S. in Landscape Horticulture and Design from the The Ohio State University and is a Certified Professional Landscape Designer with the Assoc. of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). He is the past president of the New England Chapter of APLD.
Colin joined a Blade of Grass in 2006 while completing his Masters of Landscape Architecture from UMass Amherst. In his beginnings as a construction laborer and now in his role as a designer and project estimator, Colin sees each project as a synthesis of equal parts innovative design, open communication, and skilled construction. As a lover of travel Colin, has toured gardens and estates in France, Italy, and the Netherlands as inspiration for his design aesthetic of strong forms, clean lines, and functional outdoor rooms. Colin also enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and 3 dogs, and is passionate about cooking and eating the results.
A native of New England, Pete’s sense of outdoor space and place has been deeply influenced by his living and adventuring throughout the Northeast. He envisions landscapes largely as spaces defined by plant material and designs by the maxim “the right plant in the right place.” Pete earned his Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Cornell, and his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts. When not designing or estimating, more often than not, he can be found in the Atlantic Ocean.
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An archeologist by trade, Heather spent much of her childhood planting and pruning in her mother's gardens. That hands-on approach, and a serendipitous meeting in the fall of 1994 has led to the successful partnership that is a Blade of Grass. Heather finds her greatest pleasure in container design and is always looking for an excuse to get her hands in the dirt. Heather spends her precious leisure time reading, skiing, and enjoying time with her family.
Joanna is one of Blade's senior designers and a self-proclaimed "plant geek". Her college studies focused on landscape painting and art history, and she spent her youth on an organic vegetable and flower farm. A Massachusetts Certified Horticulturalist, Joanna enjoys using interesting plants and creative hardscape elements in her designs. As a new mother, she is also an ardent believer in creating outdoor spaces that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Miriam's specialty is the inner workings of plants, understanding their needs and keeping them healthy. Her degree in biology also aides in finding organic solutions and preventative measures to maximize plant growth. She is one of Blade's Maintenance Account Managers and Safety Director, ensuring a hazard-free environment at every property. Miriam has been with Blade for over 10 years and holds several industry certifications including ISA certified, MCH, and NOFA-AOLCP.
Since 2006 Matt has worked in almost every niche of a Blade of Grass from maintenance to masonry and everything in between. Currently, he manages the daily operations of our construction crews while giving support to other areas of the business. Matt began working in the landscaping industry in Maine during his college years, before obtaining his degree in environmental science in 2003. The experience he gained after college in wetland and habitat restoration along with his time spent working in the biotech world makes him a well-rounded manager ready for a challenge. In his spare time, Matt enjoys travel, outdoor activities and writing.
Part muscle, part magic, the Blade crew is dedicated to every detail of our clients properties. With backgrounds ranging from biology to design and horticulture, many have worked with the same clients for several seasons, gaining an intimate knowledge of their gardens.