Christina Chrobokowa, a New Jersey native, has held a deep appreciation of nature since childhood. This appreciation matured into service for the protection of her region's most precious natural resources of forests, streams, and wildlife.
Christina served as dedicated Member of the Raritan Headwaters Association for 15 years and held the position of Board President for six of those years. She also chaired Horticulture and Conservation Committees in the Garden Club of Somerset Hills, which earned her a NJ Zone Conservation Award.
- Board President of Raritan Headwaters Association - 2008 to 2014
- Chair of Horticulture and Conservation Committees - Garden Club of Somerset Hills
- Garden Club of America Conservation Award Recipient
- Member of Peapack Gladstone Environmental Commission 1999 to 2014 - Major Contributor to a 10-year Community Forestry Management Plan
Throughout that time, Christina cultivated her horticulture expertise at Rutgers University and experimented with native plantings and design on her own property. Christina has shared her innovative gardens with the public through the Master Gardners Program, Garden Clubs, and the Garden Conservancy Open Days program. She continues to increase awareness of indigenous garden design through colorful lectures (click for more detail) that she presents through non-profit and community organizations.
This diverse history has granted Christina with a broad perspective and the ability to achieve balance in her designs. Initially, the property is seen through the lens of the homeowners and the utility that they seek. With that in mind, she evaluates the site, the micro-climate, and the existing flora and fauna. The design that follows balances the homeowners' needs with that property's specific natural order.
Through her work with Dragonfly clients, Christina has learned that good landscape design is about recognizing connections. Mother Nature is not bound by property lines nor are the elements. As homeowners, we are connected to our property. Our property is connected to that of our neighbors. And we are all part of a much larger landscape. Below, are three aspects to Christina's approach that speak to her commitment to the larger landscape.
Build Outdoor Rooms
Craft inviting outdoor spaces that extend the architecture of the home. This can be achieved by building a landscape composed of canopy and ornamental trees, shrubs and ground covers that create a place of peace comparable to the interior spaces of your home.
Create Four-season Interest
Aim to create a year-round invitation to the outdoors with plants that offer interesting ornamental value. The more time people spend outside appreciating their property, the deeper their connections will be to the land. And, they will come to understand the role they play in it's ability to thrive.
Leverage Native Plantings
Help homeowners make different choices. Conventional plants are not always adapted to local conditions. As a result, these selections require high maintenance programs that include pesticides, fertilizers, and irrigation. Additionally, these commonplace plants have little or no value to the wildlife. Instead, choose from the rich palette of native plants that are not only sustained with greater ease, but also deliver visual appeal and long-term conservation of financial and natural resources .