Cathy Testa is a professional container garden designer who is extremely passionate about decorating and enhancing outdoor living spaces with plants. She started potting up plants as a hobby the minute her husband finished building a large deck the full length of their ranch style home 30 years ago and her passion has grown into helping others do the same at their homes or local businesses.
Cathy grew up on a farm in East Windsor, Connecticut, which gave her a sense of nature at an early age. She helped her father sow seeds in the garden and harvest vegetables for their family. She left the corporate world in her late 30’s to take on a new career in the world of gardening. She started with a degree at UCONN and then gained experience hands-on before starting her own small business 10 years ago.
Cathy holds a two year Associates degree with a concentration in Floriculture from the University of Connecticut, and completed the Master Gardening Program at the Tolland County Agricultural Center. In addition, she regularly attends annual conferences to continue learning about horticulture.
Her style is focused on the big, bold and beautiful tropical plants, which are extremely fast growing in summer, and put on a spectacular show in container gardens. However, she works with many varied types of plants from perennials, succulents, cacti, and houseplants as well. Over the 10 years of hands-on experience, she has created many varied gardens in containers of all sizes, from tiny to huge. She has a strong passion for plants and her passion will always continue to grow.
This blog site, ContainerGardensCT.com, is designed to help those interested in having Cathy Testa install container gardens at their business or residences.
Cathy also offers workshops on plant and art related topics, speaks at garden clubs, sells starter plants in the spring time for tomato and pepper plant lovers, holds demonstrations at farmers markets, and creates unique individual plant related gifts perfect for seasonal holidays.
She looks forward to meeting you and hearing about your needs for container gardens.
Owner of Container Crazy CT and Cathy T’s Landscape Designs
Resides in Broad Brook, CT
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