Biography


Adam Woodruff has practiced garden design since 1995, but his love of plants took root long before that. He grew up in a farming community in central Illinois and, as a teenager, turned to gardening as a creative outlet. He pursued a degree in Botany at Eastern Illinois University and found himself trekking through North American prairies, bogs and forests as part of his studies.

The campus greenhouse became his second home, and it was there that he grew to appreciate tropical plants. Later travels to Europe, Asia and the Yucatan peninsula exposed him to a wide range of plants, styles and climates. Visits with Piet Oudolf, the Dutch garden designer who founded the "New Wave Planting" movement, and with noted Wisconsin plantsman Roy Diblik gave him new ways of looking at planting design.
Adam’s projects are diverse—ranging from high impact seasonal displays of lush tropical foliage and colorful blooms to soft prairie-inspired plantings blending natives, ornamental grasses and perennials. Yet, his naturalistic aesthetic and skillful way of combining plants is shared by each project.

While plants may be Adam's passion, his plant palette and design solutions arise from a clear understanding of his clients' needs and preferences and the unique characteristics of their site. Designs are thoughtfully conceived and orchestrated with a mind toward longevity, sustainability and predictable maintenance, when practical. 

Adam’s work has drawn media attention and netted awards. His bold transformation of commercial streetscapes in Springfield, Ill. and Clayton, Mo. won awards from the Perennial Plant Association and the Missouri Botanical Garden.

His designs have been featured in Gardens Illustrated, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Horticulture, Better Homes & Gardens, Consumer Reports and St. Louis At Home; he has been published in Fine Gardening magazine, the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch and several trade journals; and he is a guest contributor to the Gardening Gone Wild and Designers on Design blogs.

He is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and the Perennial Plant Association.
“Adam Woodruff, a designer from Clayton, Missouri has been strongly influenced by Piet Oudolf. He is a rising designer from the younger generation, with a deep knowledge of plants and a flair for visually intriguing combinations that result in artfully naturalistic gardens that look at home in his own corner of the Midwest. He has much to contribute and a long career ahead."   

Richard Hartilage, The Authentic Garden: Natural and Contemporary Landscape Design.
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