Mary LeBlanc and her husband, Michael, literally built their Cotuit home brick by brick. Their property, backing a conservation area, is dotted with a constellation of flowers, shrubs, and trees, including her favorite, a Japanese Stewartia that LeBlanc got as a seedling from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens many years ago that now towers over her half Cape house.
LeBlanc tends the plants, just as she does at the couple’s summer cottage in Falmouth, and the landscape on their property in Vermont. Experiencing gardening in a variety of microclimates—wetland, woodland, and oceanfront—has deeply influenced her personal and professional connection to the earth and provided an invaluable base of knowledge for her business, Mary LeBlanc Landscape Design.
“I really feel I have a hands-on experience with these microclimates,” LeBlanc says. “I’m not sitting in a box. It’s personal.”
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