Leeann designs "Garden to Glass" cocktails with fresh, homegrown ingredients and glamorous garnishes for every season. Leeann has worked in restaurants and food catering and cooks with passion, using food ingredients from local NYC Greenmarkets and her herb and farm-ette in the Garden State.
She writes her "Garden Glamour" curating the food spectrum that dazzles and elevates the radical New York food world as well as the nexus of garden art and culinary art, food events, lectures, Greenmarkets, growers, cookbook reviews, food stories. "Garden Glamour" is the little black dress for gardeners, highlighting best practices, lectures, garden book reviews, romantic and glamorous gardens and insouciant anecdotes about the humbling world of gardening.
Leeann is also crazy in love with designing unique Tablescapes that tell a special story -- for an occasion or the guest or the season or holiday. Tablescapes and menus should delight!
Leeann contributed three chapters to "Savoring Gotham" - Ladies Who Lunch, The History of Greenmarkets, and Farm to Table. She also produced the chapter on Public Relations and Marketing Communications to the successful "Public Garden Management: A Complete Guide to the Planning and Administration of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta."
Garden Specialist and principal of Duchess Designs, LLC, Leeann designs artful, sustainable gardens that tell stories & are endlessly beguiling--in every season. Leeann received a Certificate in Landscape Design from The New York Botanical Garden. She worked and taught at NYBG and was Director of Communications, Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Leeann is an award-winning landscape designer, earning top honors in the first Broadway in Bloom contest. Two Duchess Designs gardens are featured in "Cottages and Mansions of the Jersey Shore." Several garden designs are highlighted in NJ Design magazine. Leeann has served as judge for the Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest and the New Jersey Flower and Garden Show. Leeann is a member of MetroHort Group, The Garden Writer's Association, The Horticultural Society of NY, and The Garden Conservancy. Leeann designed The Garden Pendant Collection. She's written garden book reviews for The Two River Times and the Wall Street Journal. She is a frequent guest speaker. Leeann nurtures a small rooftop garden at her home in Gotham, and herb, edible and display gardens at her Garden State home.