Meghan O'Connell2018/05/26

Major Milestone for Green Urb Gardens

This past Thursday, we tackled our biggest project, yet: installing 239 new plants in a client's garden! I ordered the plants from Cavicchio's green house and they sent a truck over with tall crates that had to be brought down with a "piggy back": a mini lift machine that the driver brought with him. We got to work unloading all the plants and then eventually staging them in the beds according to the design, which was beautifully created by Brian Burke of Post-Wild Landscapes.

It was the biggest project I've managed so far and it was definitely a challenge for me. The first struggle was trying to figure out if we had even received all the plants that I ordered... and we found out that, in fact, many of the plants were missing! So as my crew worked to lay out all the plants in their proper garden beds, I was on the phone with the greenhouse trying to figure out what had happened. Turns out they didn't carry three of the plants I had originally asked for and two of the plants were just not ready to sell, yet. So we planted what we had and decided to just get more plants later. 

My second challenge as manager was having a balance of giving direction to my crew and also trusting their capabilities. At the end of the day, everything got done so for a first big project, it was a major accomplishment! I am very happy and proud of the work we did that day. 

It's hard to believe that I'm only in my second year of business. I feel like I've been a business-owner and gardener forever! Surely a good sign that I am on the right path.

Enjoy the series of photos I took from start to finish of the planting project.

Meghan O'Connell2018/02/14

Watertown, MA

I have been gardening for about 5 years now. If you read my "About" section, you will find that I began my career in gardening sort of accidentally. I was working as an after-school teacher in Watertown and happened to bring an outdoor education grant with me when I moved here in 2012. My supervisor encouraged me to team up with other community members who wanted to start an edible school garden and 6 months later, we were breaking ground on that very project.

Since then, I have dedicated my days to beautifying landscapes: mostly residential gardens, but I also work as an Environmental Educator at a child care center, where I manage their edible landscape filled with fruits, vegetables, and herbs. It's wonderful to teach the children how to care for plants and even better, watch them enjoy the fruits of their labor!


A favorite quote of mine, that has inspired me throughout much of my adult life, describes my motiviation for creating my business very well:

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it."

The quote is oft attributed to the German writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, but it remains to be seen who actually crafted this exact phrase.

No matter, its a beautiful and inspiring quote by which I try to lead my life.

What are your dreams? Are you working towards them? If not, why?

Just begin today. And tomorrow. And the next day.

I never dreamed I'd start my own business, but once I began, I knew I could not stop.

I hope you keep dreaming and never stop until they are realized.

Meghan