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About Beth
An avid naturalist at heart, Beth Riley believes the best gardens satisfy the eyes and blend with their surroundings.  After retiring as a marketing executive, Beth combined her business experience with her love of horticulture to launch The Potted Garden.  Beth holds undergraduate business and MBA degrees.  She frequently studies horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Rutgers. Beth is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Garden Club of America.

Beth shows her garden passion and hometown pride by volunteering with The Garden Club of Madison, and designing gardens for historic sites such as: The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, The Presbyterian Church of Madison, Drew University’s Mead Hall lawn, the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, the Nathaniel Drake House (South Plainfield) and The Madison Public Library.  Following many years on Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s horticultural team, Beth has joined the Board of The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, which fosters and develops public awareness, knowledge and enjoyment of horticulture.  She frequently leads gardening workshops there to support the arboretum’s programs.

As proprietor of The Potted Garden, Beth develops comprehensive plans for her clients, through: garden site identification, plant collection, selection and budget planning.  She creates award winning gardens of distinction and delights in garden reconstruction and rejuvenation of aged gardens in need of tender loving care.  Beth shows her clients how to nurture the garden so it thrives. She is happy to share practical knowledge with new gardeners, one gardener at a time.

An accomplished floral arranger, Beth also brings flowers inside her clients’ homes. Beth earned the Garden Club of America’s prestigious Dorothy Vietor Munger Award for floral arrangements of outstanding beauty, along with awards from the New Jersey Daffodil Society.

Beth can often be found gardening outside her Victorian house in Madison, experimenting with new ways to add texture and extend bloom times.  She is passing her love of nature onto her children, avid gardeners themselves.