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 


 BRANDY: Brandy is a lifelong insect enthusiast who came to Good Earth looking for a job that involves sunshine, fresh air, and nature. Drawn in by Kara's vision and knowledge on keeping a balanced garden that helps wildlife, Brandy knew that Good Earth was THE place to be. 

Each day that she works with native plant species, she learns more about their delicate and important symbiotic relationship with native insects.  Planting flowers and trees that help these beneficial but threatened creatures make her feel like a superhero! 

Besides bugs and relaxing in her own garden, Brandy enjoys spending time with her family and loved ones, bird watching, exploring nature trails, volunteering with local conservation groups, reading in the bath until the water turns cold, and listening to metal.

Fun fact: Insects such as the honeybee (Apis mellifera) and the European wasp (Vespula vulgaris) use visual processing mechanisms that are similar to humans', which enables reliable face recognition. So bee nice!

Fav. native plant: Swamp Rose Mallow Hibiscus moscheutos

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

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. 

Zac is most interested in using native plants to develop beautiful pollinator gardens and aesthetically pleasing food forest installations. His current mission in life is to share knowledge of art and the natural world to help people tend their communities, seeing the magic of both human and non-human beings, and to create a world of mutual respect, sustained balance, and an ability for all creatures to thrive on this wonderful planet.

Certifications:  Permaculture Design, Master Gardener

Favorite native plant: Vaccinium angustifolium and Vaccinium corymbosum, because blueberries are gorgeous, delicious, and support 400 animal and insect species 

CATIE: Catie’s career begain in agriculture 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 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

MOLLIE:  Bio coming soon

ELLA:  Bio coming soon 

ELIJAH: Elijah grew up on a farm in Virginia where he started working for his family’s conservation logging and landscaping company.  Elijah's landscaping experience includes hardscaping and building unique spaces for clients.

Elijah also enjoys spending time with his animals around the family farm. You could find Elijah hanging out with the cows, pigs, chickens & draft mules. Chances are, he’ll probably have a funny story to tell you about one of them.

In his downtime, Elijah enjoys exploring his new surroundings in Annapolis. He loves hiking, taking long drives, and listening to music. 

His favorite native trees are Black Locusts.

EVA: Bio coming soon 

ASHLEY: Bio coming soon

MACKENZIE:  Bio coming soon  

MIKE: Bio coming soon