This Asheville-based landscape architect took his childhood passion for the outdoors and turned it into a career. He explains what you can do to better your own lawn and landscape.
The Early Years
MyHomeIdeas (MHI): How did you get into the field of landscape architecture?
Rodney H. Porter (RHP): I grew up playing in the woods of North Asheville (North Carolina). My childhood home was built in 1920, and the landscape was so intriguing. In my older years, I spent every available hour working in the yard and my parents' garden.
Once I graduated from college with degrees in Spanish and Geology, I did not feel satisfied. I worked for a surveyor for a year and realized that I wanted to use my passion for the outdoors in a more constructive manner, and that is when I went and got a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia.