Abundant Earth Gardens comes from the perspective that gardening can be easy when working with the earth’s natural abundance and endeavors to advance a uniquely Western style of gardening by making quality horticultural information readily available to gardeners both urban and rural.

How Eva Got Her Start

Eva Montane got her start in ornamental horticulture learning the trade of fine perennial maintenance under the tutelage of Genevieve Schmidt of northcoastgardening.com blogging fame. Prior to that she spent several years cultivating her knowledge of wild and native plants – about which she continues to be passionate – while working as a field botanist.

After working for two different nurseries and managing a landscape crew, she went on to start a garden maintenance, consulting, and design business in Durango, Colorado in 2007. This is where Eva became very familiar with plants and gardens of the West and the challenges gardeners face. She continues designing and consulting with clients throughout the Four Corners region and is the resident designer at San Juan Nurseries, Inc. in Farmington, New Mexico. She can be reached there at (505) 326-0358.


shrubgardeningProfessional Background

Eva holds a certificate from the California School of Garden Design as well as a Permaculture Design Certificate, and offers design and consulting services as well as being a skilled garden writer and educator. She has been published in Colorado Gardener and Zone 4 magazine among other publications. She’s a member of the  North American Rock Gardening Society (NARGS), Denver Botanic Gardens, and served as Vice President of her local Native Plant Society chapter for three years. Eva relishes her annual role as wildflower guide with the week-long  Crested Butte Wildflower Festival since 2008.

Passionate Teacher

Eva loves getting down on her belly to commune with the plants as she hones her skills knowing and photographing them. An avid gardener to be sure, she enjoys other activities as well which is why a low maintenance garden works well for her. Camping, backpacking, and mountain biking with her husband and dog are some favorites.