Meet the Owner

Katrina Kelly is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. She has a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She has won numerous awards for her design work and musicianship. Her interest in native plants began while volunteering at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort, Kentucky with Mary Carol Cooper in 2004. She continued her interest of garden design during her employment at the UK Arboretum with Marcia Farris in 2009.

I started my first vegetable garden over 15 years ago. It started as a makeshift 10’x10′ plot in my mom’s backyard, where the soil made things grow like crazy. Somehow I just knew instinctively how to grow a garden and started my plants in tiny peat pots on the patio table. Since then, I’ve always had some type of garden, even if it was potted containers on an upper level apartment floor. I started learning about native plants in 2004, and began my studies in landscape architecture in 2006. Since then I have expanded my design focus on ecological garden design and practices. I saw the need and desire for this type of garden design by the community and also find it extremely fascinating and satisfying.



  • Board member and newsletter writer for Wild Ones-Lexington Chapter 2016-Present
  • Volunteer teacher for University of Kentucky OLLI Program 2016-Present
  • Former employee of UK Arboretum
  • Certified Backyard Wildlife Master Gardener
  • Kentucky Native Plant Society Stewardship Certificate
  • Fayette Alliance Citizens Planning Academy Certificate
  • ProgressLex ‘Engage Lex’ Fellowship Certificate
  • Trendimi Event Planning Certificate
  • Attendance to hundreds of gardening, environmental, and landscape architecture classes, workshops, lectures, conferences
  • Kentucky Certified Nurseryman by the KNLA


  • Lexington in Bloom Runner Up: Annual Plantings (2016)
  • University of Kentucky Oswald Award: Design (2010)
  • University of Kentucky Oswald Award: Fine Arts (2010)
  • Kentucky Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects Design Award (2011)

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