About Us

KARA:  Kara Crissey is owner of Good Earth Gardeners.  She has designed gardens for nineteen years.  Using a blended aesthetic of modern and traditional, she applies principles of regenerative landscape design to create resiliant, evolving systems integrating human and wild communities.

Kara studied landscape design at the University of Maryland, the Community College of Baltimore County and at Jardin d'Art et D'Essais in Normandy, France. 

Fun Fact:  Kara still owns her first work truck - a 24 year-old Ford F150 with 295,000 miles on the odometer

Fav. Native Plant:  American Hornbeam - Carpinus carolineana

Certifications:  CPH, CBLP II


PHOEBE: Gardening has been an important part of Phoebe Ambrose's life since she was a child growing up on the Eastern Shore. Helping her parents making the most of the small yard at her childhood home led to a professional gardening career in 1998. Prior to joining Good Earth in 2017, she supervised sod jobs at Camden yards and managed entire nurseries. Pruning and training trees and shrubs is her speciality.

Phoebe currently lives in Annapolis with her young son Elias. When not working in the garden, Phoebe enjoys art and painting.  

Fun Fact: Phoebe was the muralist for Aquanautics Scuba shop in Curtis Bay Maryland.  Many weekends Phoebe can be found at festivals painting faces.

Fav. Native Plant: Maypop Passion Flower - Passiflora incarnata 

ZAC: In 2020, Zac had a vision of his hands covered in dirt and his heart joyfully beating. He decided to leave his career as an art teacher to pursue a path that would have him surrounded by soil and plants more frequently. The lessons of patience, pre-planning, problem solving, and nurturing others from the teaching field come into play daily as he works with his colleagues, clients, and their gardens at Good Earth Gardeners.

Zac studied teaching, drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation art at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and graduated with his Masters in Teaching in 2012. He became a video, photography, and yearbook teacher after that, and later an elementary school art teacher. In 2018, he also became a Baltimore City Master Gardener, which launched him on this new path of making gardening a deeper part of his career. I’m 2021 he earned a certificate in permaculture design.  

He is most interested in using native plants to develop beautiful spaces that pollinators love, and in creating food forest spaces that are also aesthetically pleasing. His current mission in life is to share knowledge of art and the natural world to help people tend their communities, see the magic of both human and non-human beings, and create a world of mutual respect, sustained balance, and an ability for all creatures to thrive on this wonderful planet. 

Favorite native plant: blueberries, vaccinium angustifolium and vaccinium corymbosum! They are gorgeous, delicious, and support 400 species of native animal.

CATIE: Catie’s career in Agriculture really started with her love of animals. She always hung out with her mom in their garden when she was a kid but a few years ago, she tried her hand at animal husbandry on a local farm and it was all downhill (actually, more like uphill) from there! She now has dozens of chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and a few goats, sheep, and peacocks. 

When Catie isn’t tending to her animals, she loves to spend time in her ever-growing garden at home with her dog, Ham. She’s constantly adding plants to her garden because she falls in love with a new one every day while at work! If she does decide to ever take a break from gardening (as if), she enjoys long drives, traveling, exploring new plant nurseries and antique stores, or spending time with her friends at her farm. 

While gardening, Catie loves to examine the plants and check for any health issues or concerns. She enjoys the challenge of “plant diagnostics” and coming up with new and organic ways to maintain a healthy garden. She’s learned a great amount about creating a biodiverse environment from her coworkers and loves to trade ideas/experiences with her team. 

Favorite native plant: Baptisia Australis

ELLA: With an appreciation of both art and nature, Ella understands how to develop a garden from its beginning to completion.  Working toward a career in landscape design and environmental stewardship, she continues to learn about plant culture from vegetables to shade trees.  With Ella's artistic flair and landscape knowledge, each garden she nutures is left well tended and more beautiful. 

MIKE: Bio coming soon