Annapolis Native Landscape Design


Since the very beginning of her design career, Chris has been passionate about gardening with native plants.

“Why? I love that natives have a deeper, purpose-rich beauty. This is not cosmetic work, it goes beyond "curb appeal" for the yard. It’s…. gardening with an open heart.

Using native plants helps other creatures as well as us, to reclaim our natural, healthy role as stewards of the Earth.”

Chris has a master's degree in sustainable landscape design from George Washington University, served for 3 years on the board of the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, and has led her own landscape design business since 2006. She has worked with numerous homeowners to co-design beautiful, intriguing solutions to landscape problems.

Three of her clients’ landscapes were recently featured in “Celebrating Natives: A Fall Garden Tour.” Sponsored by Adkins Arboretum, the “Celebrating Natives” tour focuses on sustainable approaches to Chesapeake gardening and exemplifies Adkins’ mission of teaching about and demonstrating the importance of using native plants in restoring balance to the ecosystem and fostering community relationships.

Chris is also Lead Designer at the Native Landscape Design Center at Adkins Arboretum, and has given classes and training sessions on native design-related topics for various groups and organizations, including the Maryland Master Gardeners, Anne Arundel Community College, numerous county Master Gardener organizations, Adkins Arboretum, and many garden clubs in the Maryland area.

Christina Pax, MLD