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Founder and Company President, Deanna Pillarelli, APLD has been collaborating with discerning clients for over 20 years, designing memorable outdoor living spaces that fulfill the requirements of each client and respond to the particular features of the site.

Deanna has an extensive background in horticulture and landscaping experience dating from a degree from the University of Arizona in 1975. After living abroad in England for a few years, she settled in the Delaware Valley and completed the Certificate of Ornamental Plants', Series I & II, at Longwood Gardens, PA. Her passion for garden design leads her to participate in many professional seminars and conferences to stay abreast of the latest trends in the industry.

Garden Escapes has received the Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association's (DNLA) Landscape Award in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. 

Deanna is a former President and Board Member of the International Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and was recently named a Fellow of the organization. 


We have worked with Deanna Pillarelli through several major garden design changes.  She has brought our gardens from ordinary to remarkable.  Her design for our deck, pond, and surrounding garden created a lovely outdoor room which seamlessly connects our home with the woodland area in the rear of our property.  By using native plants which attract birds and wildlife, the garden is environmentally responsible, and our property has been named a National Wildlife Backyard Habitat.  There are delightful views in every direction which make dining and entertaining on the deck a truly special experience!

       - Kay Nelson