Judy Nauseef

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Title: Garden Writer
Education: Kirkland College (now Hamilton) College, Syracuse University, Kirkwood Community College
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Expertise: Landscape Design, Garden Design, Sustainable Gardening, Native Plants, Tallgrass Prairie, Sustainable Gardening, Plant Knowledge

As a professional landscape designer, Judy develops trust with her clients to get beautiful results that meet their needs and wishes. She listens as they talk about their gardens and assesses their yard to solve problems and highlight special features. Judy's design suggestions and decisions are based on knowledge and creativity, and their requests. As a writer, trust is as important when giving gardening advice and directions. Judy writes on subjects she knows well and completes additional research as needed.

• Association of Professional Landscape Designers certified professional landscape designer.
• Fellow of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
• Certified Landscape Professional by the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association
• Past certification chair for the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
• Past board president for the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
• Perennial Plant Association Landscape Design 2005 Merit Award.
• Association of Professional Landscape Designers 2013 Harry Schuster Award.


Judy has owned her own landscape design company for over 30 years. Judy has helped her clients solve problems in their yards with her extensive knowledge of horticulture and landscape design. Her college degrees, studying and attaining certifications, and attendance at many design and horticulture meetings keep her knowledge current. Her listening skills and experience give her the ability to understand the needs of her clients. Her book, Gardening with Native Plants in the Upper Midwest: Bringing the Tallgrass Prairie Home, was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2016.


Judy earned her B.A. in literature with a minor in art at Kirkland College (now Hamilton College) in Clinton, NY. She earned her M.A. in Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Mass Communications at Syracuse University. She earned her A.S. in Horticulture with an emphasis in landscape design at Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, IA.

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