Trees are the most penetrating of preachers. Herman Hesse
Wendi Gale, a psychiatric social worker with unyielding passion for design and its relationship to natural and man made forms, is the founder and manager of Artistry In Plants, LLC. She is a landscape designer trained at and influenced by Mother Nature, The Plantations at Cornell University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University, Niche Gardens, and the Arboretum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Wendi has developed a reputation for gardens of simple elegance utilizing unique plantings and native trees and shrubs with architectural appeal. Her garden signatures are Japanese maple tree and fern varieties. Her reputation is built on her unique ability to integrate the boundless imaginations of homeowner garden designers with her own exceptional garden experience and horticultural expertise, and on her respectful partnerships with local nurseries including Architectural Trees, Unique Plants, Get Rooted Nursery, Niche Gardens, Plant Delights and other specialty nurseries.
Artistry In Plants offers employment opportunities to young people adjudicated in the courts or young women and men seeking reentry after incarceration. We believe that all young people—regardless of their struggles or at-risk choices—possess an inherent "seed of greatness." This idea permeates Artistry In Plants philosophy and promotes a change of heart that often results in a lasting change in behavior. The people who participate in Artistry In Plants program discover a profound sense of self worth that enables them to begin anew and assume responsibility for the choices that govern the course of their lives. We focus on developing humility, communication, trust, and innovation while learning business ethics, landscape design and propagation skills, and cooperative work strategies. These efforts address the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of a troubled or adjudicated life. Landscaping outdoors with and amidst Mother Nature has proved to be a vehicle for helping troubled young men and women* establish lasting values, exercise courage, ingenuity, and creativeness in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and above all, develop a compassionate respect for human life and its relationship to nature. **(struggling with lack of motivation, defiance, mild mood disorders, drug and alcohol experimentation, internet addiction, entitlement issues, and other self-defeating behaviors).