Linda sees sustainability as more than the physical stewardship of the land and environment . Sustainability is also an emotional and spiritual practice that opens body, mind, heart and soul to a connection with nature that creates a deep communion between plants, animals and all parts of the planet bringing inspiration, transformation and healing to all. Sustain-
ability is really about falling in love with nature and all of life, and working to ensure the life thrives and continues.
Linda has gardened organically and sustainably since 1993 when she started her garden design business Creveling Gardens. She became chemically sensitive after exposure to toxic chemicals used in home landscaping and began using organic materials and methods. She is an advocate for organic gardening and writes gardening articles for The Healthy Planet promoting healthy and holistic gardening. Linda continues to work with the life of the soil, carefully selected plants - both native and beneficial - and the entire eco system to create beautiful and healthy gardens and landscapes.
Linda designs gardens that work with the big picture of nature. One way is by using plants that thrive with minimal care. These are native plants or have adapted to local climates, so that the beauty of a garden is achieved with the natural conditions of the environment.
Wildlife gardens attract birds, butterflies, insects and other wild life that are needed to have a thriving eco systems whether in a city or the country.
Rain gardens, rain water harvesting and landscaping for water runoff help with the environmental problem of storm water overflow that creates major problems with water qualitiy locally and down river to the Gulf of Mexico.
Vegetable Gardens, nourish not only with the food we eat, but also with their beauty and health giving properties. Linda designs gardens that mix flowers with the beauty of vegetables, herbs and fruits.
Children's Gardens that create an emotional connection to the outdoors are the ultimate sustainable garden. In today's world of living and learning through the electronic screen, the big question is, will children have an emotional and loving bond with nature out of doors?
Linda’s interest in sustainability goes beyond gardening to all aspects of daily life. In 1998 she helped establish The Green Center - A Center for Environmental Education and the Arts for the St. Louis region. She practices. promotes and teaches ways of light living that help reduce carbon footprint and sustain all.