Lover of Beauty ... Nature ... Life
Gardener and Founder of Green Urb Gardens, Meghan O'Connell, moved to Boston from Chicago in 2012 with nothing other than her determination to "make it work." She had been interning with the Americorps Student Conservation Association in western Massachusetts that spring doing outdoor conservation and trail-building when she visited Boston for the first time. She immediately fell in love with the people, culture, history and most especially, the beautiful parks and landscapes that seamlessly integrate the urban and natural environments. She moved to Boston 5 months later.
It was during her first two years working as an after-school educator in Watertown that Meghan discovered her love of gardening. She had received a grant right before moving to Boston, which she used to build Lowell Elementary's first official edible school garden. It was such a huge success that she helped two other elementary schools in town begin their own edible gardens the following year. She learned everything she could about growing food from expert garden mentors during that time.
In 2014, Meghan left the field of education and pursued her new found passion for gardening. She first worked for a large landscaping business, where she learned to care for indoor plants and corporate-style gardens. She wanted to work more outdoors and with native plants, however, so she then became a gardener for two years with a small residential landscaping business. In 2015, she also became certified as a Master Urban Gardener through the Boston Natural Areas Network.
Fast forward to 2017. Having always had an entrepreneurial and independent spirit, Meghan struck out on her own with Green Urb Gardens. She is so excited to continue her work in beautifying home gardens in a way that serves both the Earth and her clients. She plans to continue expanding her business so that more young people can learn and enjoy the art of gardening. She is also thrilled to incorporate fruits, vegetables and herbs into any landscape, so that her clients have fresh organic produce right in their own yards.
I can't wait to see how things will unfold. I hope you will join me on this journey!
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