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Kimberly Lock is co-founder and co-owner of Eco-Chic Gardens, LLC.
She directs the tactical and strategic management of the Company's operations/accounting systems and personnel. She has had the privilege of designing, installing, and maintaining beautiful gardens professionally for the last 10 years. Kimberly is passionate about landscape design and plant care. She firmly believes that there is a real interconnectedness between healthy people and healthy environments. Moreover, she is committed to ongoing professional development in her field and has successfully completed the Northeast Organic Farming Associations (NOFA) Organic Land Care coursework that resulted in accreditation in January, 2013. She recently served 2 years on the Board of Directors for the Bensalem Business Association and continues to serve on Temple Universitys Alumni Advisory Council.
Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from Temple University, graduating with the distinguished honor, Summa Cum Laude. She was the first Horticulture student to serve as President of the Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Student Association. She served in both the offices of the president and the vice-president of the Horticulture Honor Society, Pi Alpha Xi. She served her colleagues and her school further in her roles as representative of student government, student ambassador, and contributing member of the Horticulture Department Marketing Committee. Kimberly received numerous scholarship awards for academic excellence and extraordinary leadership on both the local and national levels. Her fondest memories, during her student experience, include her involvement in several of Temple University's award winning Philadelphia Flower Show Exhibits, the Temple/Villanova Sustainable Stormwater Initiative, and the restoration of the Edith Rosenwald Memorial Garden at the Abington Art Center. On a personal level, Kimberly Lock competed in The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society's (PHS) City Garden Contest. Her design sensibilities and attention to detail in her residential garden caught the attention of the judging staff and they awarded her with the enviable First Prize Award for Best Individual Flower Garden in 2005. Later, her garden was selected and put under contract by the Garden Club of Philadelphia for entry into the Smithsonian Institute's Archives of American Gardens.
Kimberly kiddingly refers to herself as a "Corporate Escapee". She was awarded a scholarship to participate in The Women's Business Development Center's (WBDC) Fast Trac II Program where she worked to develop her first business concept into a comprehensive business plan. Upon completion, Kimberly launched PBR Recovery Services of Philadelphia, a home-based business, offering 3rd party collection services to its commercial clients. Her proven success record in Credit Analysis and Collections Management during her 15 year tenure in corporate industry had prepared her well for her new business venture. She successfully owned and operated PBR Recovery Services of Philadelphia for five years before deciding to make a career change and pursue her passion for Horticulture. In addition, Kimberly completed 2 years of coursework in Marketing and Management at The Community College of Philadelphia where she holds a lifetime membership in Phi Theta Kappa, an International Honor Society for two year colleges.
How many people get the opportunity to hit the pause button on life?
Luckily I did! When that happened, I asked myself....was I fulfilled with the work I had been doing day to day? Did I enjoy it?
The answer: I was really good at what I did but I wanted more. I wanted to work in an outdoor environment: nature, plants, insects, soil, rain and sun. I decided to jump ship from my familiar work day and pursue my dream - designing with horticulture. I quit my job and with the support of my family I volunteered at Longwood Gardens for one year. At the end of that year, they asked me to work as a seasonal employee.....I said yes and I never looked back!
The knowledge I gained from twenty years of work and educational experiences inspired me to pursue running this company, Eco-Chic Gardens, with my Business Partner and friend, Kimberly Lock. We have had the opportunity to work with our clients to create spaces that are peaceful and meditative using native plants, that are dramatic and colorful, whether for parties or everyday use, and to create pristine gardens in preparation for national industry tours.
My experience includes working with a variety of horticultural professionals at public gardens, Longwood Gardens and Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, in retail nursery sales at Meadowbrook Farm, and in residential landscaping and estate gardening with the Green Team, combined with a career in corporate benefits, human resource management and systems analysis. My formal education in Horticulture (Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture) is from Temple University. I received several awards upon graduation for distinguishing myself through academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to campus programs. My business education is most recently from Drexel University.
I continue to be passionate about my dream, to work in the field of horticulture, landscape design and the outdoor environment. I truly believe that plants can be more than just pretty. Plants are a fun way to interact with nature. I get to bring that to life!
I continue to pursue educational programs and stay informed about industry trends. I also support many local groups like, Bowmans Hill Wildflower Preserve, The Audubon Society, Ambler Arboretum of Temple University and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association. I do this both because they provide great educational activities and because they 'spread the word' about nature and our interactions with it.
Plants are not my only passion. When I am not working, you can usually find me with my family, friends, at the yoga studio, or with a book (usually garden related....I can't help it). This keeps my life in balance and very fulfilled.