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Biography - Cheryl Youngman

Gardener/Landscape Designer

Cheryl Youngman grew up in Clinton, NY. She recalled playing with her brother in their grandparents' 4-acre field - "We loved being outside, experiencing everything nature had to offer. It was a life full of wonderment." Now, Cheryl lives that earlier life full-time. She shares her love of the outdoors with her husband of 47 years, Peter. In addition to their commitment to one another, they enjoy a mutual appreciation for a sense of duty, responsibility, and aesthetics.

Cheryl attended Clinton Schools and Keuka College, located in NY State's Finger Lakes region. While there, she met Peter, who attended Hobart College in nearby Geneva, NY. For 10 years, the Youngmans lived in New York City, which was Peter's home. Cheryl worked as a designer and graphic artist for a needlepoint studio and was also employed by MetLife as a Recreation Assistant in their Residential Complex located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

The Youngmans started a newsletter called "The Games" and worked a 5-year stint in the USPS. In 1983, they moved back to Clinton to help Cheryl's parents maintain the family home. Always being creative first and foremost, they built their gardens in Clinton, NY. A close friend called the Youngman's way of gardening "the art of gardening." The gardens opened up a whole new way of life for them, one of gardening and landscaping.

Cheryl's love of plants and plant knowledge has filled their amazing, well-designed gardens with beauty. Her husband's sense of order, tranquility, and attention to detail, has combined with Cheryl's
love of plants to produce their breath-taking gardens.