Tending her patch of earth has fed Brigitte in less tangible ways as well. After a career in the hotel industry, she decided to go back to school to become a professional garden designer. "It's fun to transform something, especially when there is nothing there to start," she says."And it's really fun if the homeowners are passionate."
But on her own turf, Brigitte doesn't have to guess at how much follow-up care the plants she puts in will actually receive. "Here, gardening brings me peace and passion, as well as exercise. And it's the best psychiatrist ever."