Owner Profile

Cyndy Fine, landscape designer and gardener, has had a lifelong relationship with the creative arts and the natural environment. A self-taught gardener, Cyndy trained with generous professionals willing to share their time and expertise. Following four years in her partnership Flora Plena, Cyndy created her own landscape gardening business, Botanica Santera, in 1999. Cyndy and her all women crew continue to work with many of their original clients.

After completing the graduate degree program at The Conway School of Landscape Design, Cyndy founded Genius Loci, offering ecologically sensitive, landscape design, consultation and installation. Genius Loci combines Cyndy’s decades of horticultural field work with the technical skills of rigorous site analysis, drafting, and design across a range of scales. Genius Loci design is informed by The Conway School’s mission “to explore, develop, practice, and teach design of the land that is ecologically and socially sustainable”.

Cyndy set down her own roots in Westminster, Vermont, in the early 1970s. She continues to live and work from her two-hundred-year-old farmhouse and draws inspiration from her acre of village land, which she uses as a place to experiment, learn, and play.

“I think the time is ripe for those of us in the landscape design profession...

to embrace the challenge of educating, inspiring and working alongside others towards the common goal of building socially, ecologically and economically sustainable landscapes. It is my belief that even one garden can make a difference in the larger contextual landscape, and I strive to educate and encourage my clients to walk softly on the earth, effecting positive change locally and globally.”