Louis Raymond has been gardening for over 60 years—ever since, as a toddler, he “borrowed” geraniums from public gardens across the street from the family home. By first grade, it was already thought appropriate that he demonstrate to his class how to sprout an avocado pit in a glass of water.

Raymond took the scenic route to his current vocations as landscape designer, board president, lecturer, writer, & occasional auctioneer: By the time he was twenty-five, he had already earned baccalaureate degrees in chemistry, piano, & voice — and still found time for a couple of years of medical school along the way — before launching a successful career as an opera singer. By thirty, he had retired from that stage — while retaining his stage name — to take up the trowel full-time. (Louis’s Wiki page Wikipedia is the only public proof of his birth name.)

Louis & his landscapes have appeared in everything from The Wall Street Journal to The Narragansett Times, Good Housekeeping to The Washington Post, Design New England to The New York Times. One of his Narragansett gardens was the cover of House & Garden Magazine. For six years, he was the Show Designer for the New England Spring Flower & Garden Show.

Louis transforms properties for a largely residential client base from Canada to the Caribbean, Connecticut to California. He is honored to chair the Board of the Southside Community Land Trust, a nationally-known urban garden trust in Providence, RI; he also sits on the board of DESIGNxRI, which fosters opportunity for Rhode Island’s design sector. His prowess as a fundraiser for these and other organizations advancing a healthy environment, increasing educational opportunities, and extending social justice is legendary.