Jody is a native Washingtonian who grew up near George Washington's Mt. Vernon and was exposed to gardening as a youngster. Some of her earliest memories are picking tomatoes in the backyard with her mom, and walking through meadows scattered with native wildflowers in western Connecticut where her grandparents lived. At home in Alexandria, Jody watched her mother tend her flower and vegetable gardens while her dad cared for the woody shrubs, trees and lawn, tinkering and fixing things. It was Jody's parents who instilled in her a love for the earth, the importance of hard work and an appreciation for all who work with their hands to craft and cultivate beauty.
Having worked in consulting and eCommerce, Jody happily has left her heels behind and now loves to get her hands dirty. She has honed her design and horticultural skills through careful study of both classic and new perennial gardens, by attending seminars by leaders in the horticultural field, and by completing courses in garden design (at Cornell University) and plant material suited to the mid-Atlantic (at Montgomery College). Hands-on work in the garden, though, has proved to be her best teacher.
Jody and her husband are raising three young explorers in Bethesda. She is a member of the Westmoreland Hills Garden Club, and received a B.S. at Randolph-Macon College and and MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Anne Brooks Rudzki
Anne Brooks' first memories of gardening were picking the hybrid camellias in her neighbor’s yard as a child. She subsequently got a stern talking to from her father and ever since was determined to grow her own flowers she could pick anytime she wanted. After watching her father piddle around the yard every Sunday afternoon, it seemed natural to do the same at her first home. Little by little, she became more intrigued with gardening. She enjoys cultivating vegetables, herbs, fruits, and cut flowers with her children in her own home garden.
Anne Brooks holds a degree in Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University, and an M.A. in Art History from George Washington University. For many years she worked in a world-class art gallery. This experience combined with extensive travel, studies abroad in Austria and Italy, as well as a year spent living and working in London have shaped Anne Brooks' design sensibilities.
In 2015, she became a Master Gardener in Montgomery County, MD. She spent 2017 working for Yankee Clippers, learning their specialized pruning techniques, while also taking plant materials classes in the Landscape Technology program at Montgomery College as well as online courses with the Horticultural program at Cornell University. She is a 12 year member of the Westmoreland Hills Garden Club, a member of the Sulgrave Club and member of the Colonial Dames of America.