All through the long winter, I dream of my garden.
On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth.
I can feel its energy, and my
— Helen Hayes
A Wee Bit About Kate
When Kate lived in Denver, CO, she discovered botanical art and colored pencils while attending Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration. About that same time Kate took the leap in quitting her marketing job and establishing her own business, Plant Manager Studio, LLC; a conglomeration of art, design and gardening. Since moving back to her native land of Maine in 2011 her business has grown in all aspects and there isn’t a day she regrets leaving the corporate world behind.
Every landscaping season is focused on plants, gardens, and making her clients happy with their home gardens. Every winter she can sit down at her drawing table and focus on depicting many of the plants she nourishes in the landscaping season, or better yet ones she discovers while traveling. Kate’s chosen medium of colored pencils fulfills her desire to capture the wonderful, fine details of plants layer upon layer and make it seem as if an observer of her painting could pluck the subject right off of the paper.
May 2000, Associates of Applied Science in Graphic Design, Platt College, Aurora, CO
Fall 2008, Certificate of Completion in Botanical Art and Illustration, Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration
Fall 2012, Certificate of Completion in Native Plants and Ecology, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Fall 2016, Ann Swan’s Andalucia, Spain Holiday Botanical Art Workshop
July 2017, Wendy Hollender of Hollengold Farm Botanical Art Workshop.
Fall 2017, Ann Swan "Brilliant Berries" Workshop and "Striking Seasonal Subjects", Wiltshire and Peak District, England
August 2018, Evelyn Dunphy "Plein Air Workshop" Rhodora, the Frederic Church Camps, Millinocket, Maine
Fall 2018, Sue Vize "Natural History Workshop — Botanical Illustration in Coloured Pencil/Graphite/Ink", Peak District, England
Fall 2018, Ann Swan, "Autumn Abundance & Creative Composition with in Coloured Pencil" Hassop Hall, Peak District
New England Society of Botanical Artists,
American Society of Botanical Artists,
Colored Pencil Society of America,
Society of Botanical Artist,
2009 - 2010 "RARE, Imperiled Plants of Colorado". A traveling exhibition developed by the Rocky
Mountain Society of Botanical Artists
2013 - 2014 "From the Mountains to the Sea; Plants, Trees and Shrubs of New England". A traveling
exhibition developed by the New England Society of Botanical Artists
April - June 2015, Guest Artist at Southport Memorial Library
June - September 2016, "Art Meets Science, A Fresh Field of Life, Imagine the Possibilities exhibit".
MDI Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine
March - May 2017, Guest Artist at Centre Street Gallery, Bath, Maine.
November - December 2017, Kate MacGillivary Art Exhibit, Georgetown Town Office
Plant Manager Studio, LLC • garden maintenance, design, education
Landscaping Services Include:
Pruning Fruit Trees and Ornamental Shrubs and Trees
Planting and Transplanting
Identifying/Caring for any issues
Soil Tests; Healthy Soil Creates Healthy and Happy Gardens
Enriching Gardens to Host Pollinators
Creating and Encouraging Healthy Symbiotic Ecosystems and Landscapes with Native Plant Emphasis