Welcome to Upscale Vistas


Hello and welcome to my first blog entry for Upscale Vistas. First, I’ll start off by telling you a little about myself. I’m Sue Nunamaker and I’ve always loved plants, drawing, and learning new things. Now, if that doesn’t sound nerdy enough, I don’t know what will. So, I have this problem where I tend to get bored when something is too repetitive and when it gets that way, I’m outta there.

That’s when I decided that at the ripe old age of 50, to do a complete 180 degrees about-face of my life and seek out a new adventure. I left, well more like ran from, my J-O- B at UPS, where I made more money than ever before, and I hated it more than any other job I’ve ever had in my life. I just never felt fulfilled or that what I was doing there for 40 hours a week was important or meaningful. I’m sure it was, on some level, to someone, but not to me. That is when I put my three nerdy loves of my life; plants, drawing, and learning together, and chose to go to college for the first time. I loved college, I loved homework, I loved studying, I loved it all (nerd alert again), and it has changed my entire life. During my last year of school, I started working as an intern at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio. Over the course of five years I worked my way up to Senior Horticulturist and literally soaked in every piece of knowledge I could.

Believe me, you will hear a lot about Stan Hywet in future blogs because it is where I was able to put all my college book smarts together with the hands-on, practical knowledge and awesome experiences that enabled me to venture out and start my own company. A company where I will offer my services as a Landscape Designer and Horticultural Maintenance Specialist. Yep, that’s right, ‘specialist’. Isn’t that the most awesome title? Nowhere in that title does it say I’ll be mowing the lawn. Don’t get me wrong, I do love to mow, but there are plenty of companies out there that already do that, and do that well. What these mow and blow companies lack though, is the proper methods of pruning, watering, soil testing and amending soils accordingly, choosing the proper plants for the right spaces, etc., etc., etc.

Now comes my blog. Drumroll……Ta Da! This is where I’d like to try and inform, teach, preach, harp, discuss, rant, rave, and still learn how and why we do the things we do within the landscaping industry. I want to discuss plants, not just the plants we see at every big box store and gas station, but some that are not as common. I’d love to better understand soils, pH levels, nutrients, compost, and worms (are they good or evil?). To spray or not to spray? There is always lots of discussion about spraying pesticides and the effects they have on everything. What about beneficial insects? You know they don’t always have the time to get out of the way of the spray.

My blog will also cover landscape designing and that it really isn’t as tough as it might seem. Whoa, wait, I’m a landscape designer and this is my company, ummm, no really it is very difficult, and you must hire only an expert. Ahhhh, just kidding. I’m always up to sharing some tips as to what to plant where, flower color choices and sometimes a garden can be beautiful just full of plants with interesting foliage and textures. Flowers don’t always get to be the center of attention!

So, I hope you will join me along the way to learning new things, and I always welcome questions, comments, disagreements, and opinions. Remember, I still want to learn, and in the horticultural world, everyone has a different way of doing things. Together we can all be better gardeners, pruners,
watererers (how do you spell that?), horticulturists, and designers. Till next time, please think spring!

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