After many years of working for commercial growers, in 2005 Helen decided to start her own landscape design business. Helen Grundmann Garden Designs custom designs formal or informal gardens and landscapes. Her specialties are bird attraction, native plant, container, deer resistant, shade and perennial gardens. Other services provided are organic and natural tick, pest and deer applications, plant health care plans (PHC), integrated pest management (IPM), soil testing and organic soil amendments.
As her business started to grow Helen recognized the need to learn more about the financial aspects of a business, so she contacted the Small Business Development Center at Raritan Valley Community College (SBDC at RVCC) in February 2006. SBDC Operations Director, Bill Harnden, met with Ms. Grundmann to train her on record-keeping procedures, general ledger development and financial reporting using Quickbooks. According to Ms. Grundmann, “Getting a handle on my financials gave me a better understanding of budgeting, forecasting and profit and loss.” Through the years, in addition to working with Mr. Harnden, Helen has worked closely with SBDC counselors Mike Vinegra and Vicki Lynne Morgan to improve her marketing and web presence.
In June of 2006, one of her garden designs was chosen for the prestigious Hunterdon Hills Garden Club tour. In May of 2008, her landscape design entitled Doves of Froh Heim Garden was accepted for the Mansion in May designer show house at Froh Heim, a Mediterranean style estate in Far Hills, NJ. The following year Ms. Grundmann was featured in an article in the May 2009 New Jersey Countryside magazine for her design work with Mansions in May. In June 2010, a garden she designed for one of her clients in Long Valley, NJ won the prestigious Long Valley Garden Club Random Acts of Beauty Award.
Ms. Grundmann’s close association with the Mansions in May event and her very creative marketing campaigns have helped her increase her sales fourfold since first opening her doors. Helen Grundmann Garden Designs is positioned to be a driving force in beautifying great properties throughout central and northern New Jersey.
Helen Grundmann Garden Designs
PO Box 207
Frenchtown, NJ 08825
Tel # 908-285-1281