Occupation: Owner, Gardens to Love
Favorite Productivity Tool: My Desktop computer
Most Recommended App: I don’t use them
Last Thing You Read: Kenneth Clark: Life Art & Civilisation by James Stourton
Tell us about your journey. Straight and Narrow! At 16 I was done with high school. My parents let me quit if promised to go right to college. I did. I studied various agriculture classes, finishing with a degree in horticulture from Mississippi State University. Came to Atlanta at age 20 in 1975 to work for the largest landscape contractor in Atlanta at the time. I knew immediately there was a need in Atlanta for the work that I was doing. Started my company in 1978.
What what's your favorite part of your day? Quittin’ time! I love the time when the day starts to die and just before the night comes alive.
When do you feel most successful? When the company is recognized for good work and a good reputation.
What do you do to recharge when you’re feeling drained? Take a walk, go outside.
What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur? When I first started the business, I knew a lot of horticulture and not much business. I had to educate myself, and I’m still learning!
How do you optimize your day? With a list ON PAPER that I make out the evening before my day begins.
Who is the person/people who allowed you to imagine more? The first was my father, then my husband, Charlie Weber. And so many more, my first manager was a delightful man who introduced me to the finer things in life. My college chum, Dabney Peoples who introduced me to Opera. Natalie Dupree who taught me how to cook at Rich’s Cooking School. I’m very lucky that my life has been filled with many wonderfully interesting and generous people.
What does imagining more mean to you and your story? It means being open to what’s out there; to believing that when one door closes, another door opens wider. It means embracing change, different people, and a different world. If I didn’t imagine more, that might mean the end.
If you could do more of one thing every day what would it be? I’d take better care of myself. I’m desperate for a manicure.
Favorite social media platform? The telephone.