I think I always was a landscape architect. I didn't always know it, however! I grew up in California and Oregon. In Oregon I played in the forest and on the farms where I lived. Summers were idyllic, with forays to collect wild strawberries and blackberries...or into the woods to find secluded fern glens for hidden forts.
My first garden started to take shape when I was about 13. I guess you could say the love of beauty is my first calling.
As for a career path....it wasn't straight to landscape architecture. Psychology was first...which gave me an extensive science background. Then the LA degree. I have a Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Florida (1988 ) as well as a Bachelor of Science (Summa cum laude) in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University (2000).
I established Juanita Salisbury Landscape Architecture in 2009 after working in commercial and residential design firms. I address all aspects of the landscape design: from grading and drainage issues, coordinating with engineers and architects, lighting design, and designing custom elements. Additionally, my native plant expertise allows me to design ecologically friendly, drought-tolerant planting.