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Certified by Maine

DEP in Erosion

Control Practices as required by law for working in the Shoreland Zone

2022 crew trip, Kyu Shurinji Temple Garden, Takashima


Lee Schneller Fine Gardens was founded in 1995 and specializes in designing and building Japanese-inspired, naturalistic and continuously blooming gardens.  We also do stonework, naturalistic ponds, expert aesthetic pruning, maintenance, custom garden structures, hourly consultations and slide shows.

Lee Schneller Sligh went to Japan for the first time in 1974 at age 17 as an exchange student and lived there for four years in all. She earned degrees in Asian History and Chinese Language and Literature. Lee is now mostly retired.

James Appleby joined LSFG in 2016 and took over as lead designer and owner in 2021.  Like Lee, he is a graduate of the Kyoto University of Art and Design intensive seminar on Japanese gardens and brings decades of experience in all aspects of horticulture in Maine. James majored in Philosophy and Anthropology, specializing in Aesthetics, at Colorado State University.

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