Susan and Tom Libertiny from Garden Moxie
Susan and Tom Libertiny at Gravetye Manor

You Don’t Need to be a Garden Designer to Have a Beautiful Home Garden

Hi. I’m Sue Libertiny. I started Garden Moxie to share practical and inspiring home gardening ideas. You’ll find articles about plants, design, and garden-inspired do-it-yourself projects. My garden is located in Michigan (Zone 6a). I share highlights from my personal garden so we can learn and grow together.

We all start gardening as beginners. I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to be a Garden designer to have a beautiful garden. It’s great if you have time to train as a designer, but most of us simply want to create a peaceful spot to relax. That’s exactly how I started.

My first home garden was a 3 ft x 7 ft section of lawn, dug up, surrounded with landscape bricks, and planted with perennials rescued from a friend’s garden. No soil preparation. No grand plan. No color scheme. I had no idea how to make a garden. Yet despite this inexperience, those flowers grew like champs and sparked an obsession.

Let Me Share What I’ve Learned about Home Gardening

I love gardening so much that I trained as a Master Gardener at Michigan State University, completed garden design courses, and now spend every waking moment in the garden.  My husband, Tom, also helps. He is the certified ditch digger (I certified him following a very rigorous procedure), photographer, and the official “figure-out-how-to-build-this-thing-we-need” guy.

I’ve learned so much since starting my first home garden, and I created this website to help home gardeners learn about garden design, plants, and how to bring nature indoors.  I use this website and my newsletter to share:

  • Practical advice
  • Encouragement
  • Inspiration

My humble beginnings are proof that you can build a beautiful home garden too. Let’s grow and learn together.