Deborah Silver is a landscape and garden designer whose firm, Deborah Silver and Co Inc, opened its doors in 1986.  She opened Detroit Garden Works, a retail store devoted to fine and unusual garden ornament and specialty plants, in 1996.  In 2004, she opened the Branch studio, a subsidiary of the landscape company which designs and manufactures garden ornament in a variety of media.  Though her formal education is in English literature and biology, she worked as a fine artist in watercolor and pastel from 1972-1983.   A job in a nursery, to help support herself as an artist in the early 80’s evolved into a career in landscape and garden design.  Her landscape design and installation projects combine a thorough knowledge of horticulture with an artist’s eye for design.  Her three companies provide a wide range of products and services to the serious gardener.  She has been writing this journal style blog since April of 2009.