Gardens by Design’s Full-Sevice Landscape Services Team
Donna Rudek – Landscape Designer
Donna Rudek started her design practice as the owner of Gardens by Design in 1996. She trained at the Landscape Institute at the Radcliffe Design Seminar, now affiliated with the Arnold Arboretum. She participates in numerous ongoing professional education activities, including workshops in Historic Landscape Preservation, Landscape Lighting, Surveying, Irrigation, and Water Feature Construction.
Donna has a Master of Education degree. She taught Landscape Design and Maintenance courses in the Adult Education Program in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and has lectured at local garden clubs. Donna taught elementary and middle school students about gardening and the environment as a guest speaker and event organizer.
Her garden was featured in the Worcester County Horticultural Society (Tower Hill Botanical Gardens) tour in 2005. In 2006; her design for an entry garden at the Worcester Center for Crafts won the $5,000 grant awarded by the Wheeler Trust to beautify a public property in the city of Worcester.
Donna works with several local contractors. She most often contracts with Christopher King, owner of Ideal Landscape Maintenance and Construction. Chris has 17 years experience in the field. He has been Certified as a Paver Installer by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, is a Certified Belgard Wall and Paver Installer, and has been Certified in Segmented Retaining Wall Installation by the National Concrete Masonry Association. He is a Licensed Pesticide Applicator by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Agriculture. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. They have worked together on projects for over 15 years.
Donna can work with Clients directly or with their selected contractors to complete her designs.
Our Guiding Philosophy
We can all benefit from responsible stewardship of our surrounding outdoor environment. For some of us, that means an intimate experience with tending plants for either enjoyment of their beauty or for their use as food. For others, it means installing and maintaining a low maintenance native garden that is also beautiful. In either case, knowing what to plant can help our environment as well as our sense of well being.
For those who are not committed gardeners but who want to enjoy being outdoors, I’ve come to believe that hardscape elements and accessories such as furniture, pots, fountains, art and fencing truly extends the home by creating an outdoor room. Focusing more energy and more resources into a smaller usable space may fit your time availability and enhance your experience of your yard. The remaining space can be simply planted with natives or low maintenance plants so that you are not a slave to your yard.
My Commitment to the Environment
My goal is to make myself available to help everyone make a commitment to environmental landscape design and care — no matter what their age, economic status or interest in gardening. I can do this as a design professional practicing my art, as a graphic designer offering photo images that inspire investment in the landscape, and as an educator teaching young and old alike about the importance of tending to the outdoors. By engaging in these activities with a wide variety of people, I hope that I can make the kind of connections that will bring us all together in the common purpose of making our world a better place to live.
Contractor Chris King and Donna Rudek with teacher Kathy Scibelli after we donated and built a pond for science classes at Oak Street School in Shrewsbury.