Active in many charitable and non-profit organizations, Hilary Ross served as a docent for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens which sparked her interest in nature. Returning to college when her children were in school, she earned a landscape design/horticulture degree through the Jefferson State Community College certificate program.
She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama (1988). After being certified by the state of Alabama Department of Agriculture Industries as a Landscape Designer and Horticulturist, she launched her business, Mater Natura Designs (Latin for “Mother Nature”) in 2011. She also holds certification in landscape history, garden restoration and historical horticulture as a Harrison Fellow of the Historic Landscape Institute, a joint venture of University of Virginia and Monticello.
Her belief is that the landscape is an extension of its building architecture and her mission is to create classic and timeless designs for Southern gardens. She enjoys speaking to garden clubs, designing landscapes for homeowners and commercial businesses, and providing pro bono design services to her community.