Hello, I’m Rochelle Greayer. I’m a garden designer and writer. In 2001 I started a landscape design studio in my tiny flat in Notting Hill while studying Garden Design at the English Gardening School in London, England. Before that, I was a physicist rocket scientist developing software to fly satellites and F-18 flight simulators – who needed a career change.
I’ve designed gardens for the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show (Bronze Medal, 2003), the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (accepted by RHS, a someday project – that is forever seeking sponsorship), a large handful of hotels and hospitality properties around the world and countless private gardens in the UK, Middle East, and USA.
In 2008 I started a blog called Studio ‘g’ to help me organize my design office. My nerdy self saw WordPress as a fantastic ‘content management system’ that would replace my overwhelming and overflowing catalog and sample shelves – but it quickly evolved into something else. Studio ‘g’ grew and morphed and eventually, writing, inspiring and telling stories about gardens and design became my main gig. I co-produced and edited Leaf Magazine from 2011 to 2013 and the skills gained there spurred me to new projects. Within the same week, late in September of 2014, I launched my first solo book, Cultivating Garden Style: Inspired Ideas and Practical Advice to Unleash Your Garden Personality (published by Timber Press), and I also published the first issue of PITH + VIGOR, a print newspaper for garden enthusiasts. In January 2015 Studio ‘g’, the blog, became PITHandVIGOR.com – the online counterpart to the printed newspaper.
Twenty-Fifteen has been a big year – I’ve travelled all over the county meeting people, signing books, speaking and giving keynote addresses at design and garden events across the USA. My book has been translated and is now also published in Dutch (with hopefully more translations to follow!) and the newspaper has printed 4 issues (and it is only October!). More events, speaking engagements, and projects are always in the works – this site reflects my passions and likewise is a constant evolution – but it is always inspired by my community, readers, and fellow designers, artists, and writers.
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About Rochelle –
Love ‘Truck Songs’ – a super special mix tape heard only in my flare side Ford pick-up while on plant buying and flea market adventures. Will forever relish the day I was mistaken for Gwyneth Paltrow on the London Underground (as if Gwynnie would ride the Tube!). I know that there is nothing better than Colorado roots, Montana blood and a rancher’s sensibility. If it is in the plant kingdom and its chartreuse, or grassy, or both – I want it. Can’t own enough pairs of Seven jeans. Thinks Rhinestone Cowboy and Grease were two of the best things about the 70s. Wears Sambas to garden and Hunters only when the mud is deep. Endless wanderlust will forever keep me in good supply of cocktail stories.
About P+V –