Debra E. Giron, Designer, Owner.
ACNP (Arizona Certified Nursery Professional)
and A.A.S. Degreed in Ornamental Horticulture since 1993
A Little About Myself
I have earned three degrees so far in my life:
- Associates of Ornamental Horticulture 1993, Mesa Community College
- Bachelors of Spanish 2008, Arizona State University and
- Masters of Early Childhood Education 2014, Grand Canyon University
I also have completed 2 years of School for Landscape Architecture, 1987-1989 College of Architecture and Planning. Ball State University
I am happily married to my soul mate and I have two daughters and three grown stepsons.
Although my career and life choices haven’t always followed the straightest path, I have come to realize that my true talents lie in those areas that bring me the most Joy and have long been part of who I am- Horticulture, Landscape Design, and being the best person for my family and friends as possible.
Although my family has a long history of educators, including my mom who taught grade school for 33 years and is now retired and my daughter who will begin teaching high school math or history soon. I was called to design. I have a great appreciation for teachers and all the hard work they do and therefore offer them a discount. The same goes for police, firefighters, paramedics, EMT, veterans, military and Senior Citizens over 60 years old. This is not to say that other careers have less merit or are less important, however I feel these are ones which need a little extra thank you for all they do. Ever since I was a young girl I enjoyed drawing plants, growing plants, learning about plants and plant science and designing and planting gardens and landscapes.
In High School I had two year of Horticultural Science and my High School boasted two full size greenhouses. Our horticulture teacher took us to arboretums and botanic gardens helped us learn about plants through hands-on experiences and reading.
My first job at the age of 15 was watering plants and potting plants at a nursery. My horticulture teacher saw my love of drawing and plants and encouraged me to study Landscape Architecture.
I studied Landscape Architecture in Muncie Indiana Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning from 1987-1989. I then moved to Arizona and finished my Associates Degree in Ornamental Horticulture at Mesa Community College in 1993.
I worked at Tip Top Nursery and became an Arizona Certified Nursery Professional also in 1993.
Well I have come to hear that clear small voice telling me what I should already know-Bloom where you are planted (like my office plaque says). I have my roots and heart planted in Horticulture and Landscape Design. I have worked at many plant nurseries and garden centers as well as an Architecture firm.
I have also spent much time cultivating the garden of my own children as well. Now I am blessed with an even bigger family and the opportunity to pursue the career I do best and love most full-time- Landscape Design. I hope to bring beauty to our unique desert landscape while educating and helping preserve its natural beauty and water resources.
I am fortunate to say that I am a breast cancer survivor. I have been cancer free since 2011. I have a strong faith and give the credit to God, because that is where it is due. I know all of my talents and blessings come from God and I continue to praise him in good times and bad.
I have discovered that life may be short or long we just do not know. I have seen lives end seemingly too young and those people that continue to age gracefully. Perhaps that is all the more reason why insist on following my heart and working and playing with equal passion.
My future hopes and dreams include seeing my children and stepchildren grow and continue to succeed at what makes them special and unique. I would be thrilled to one day to welcome son-in- laws and daughter-in- laws and grandchildren into our family. However, I am happy just knowing my family is happy. I do not think I could ask for much more.