Hi I'm Philip L. Standifer, the owner of Rock Star Gardens. For the past twenty years I have been a horticulturist and garden designer concentrating on projects in the Low Country of the American South from Charleston to St Augustine. I continuously conduct extensive independent field research in entomology (insect), plant pathology and physiology (disease, fungus, toxicology) and environmental responsiveness (weather chemical) in order to help both residential and landscape clientele. I also consult for many garden centers throughout the region.
Through trend monitoring in fashion, interior design and architecture, along with my extensive knowledge in plant behavior, I offer consultation to affect growth using intelligent and informed buying techniques.
My education and life experience initiated a general interest in aesthetic manipulation, which has grown into a natural ability. I am confident that my clients are consistently delivered the most beautiful, lush and vigorous installations possible and that each design is prepared to move successfully throughout their living spaces, ensuring long term sustainability. I often utilize my esteemed professors at Auburn Horticulture For Continuing Education in both science and design, in order to stay abreast of trends in the industry.
Education Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Landscape Horticulture College of Agriculture Auburn University 2001
Specializing in entomology, economics of agriculture, chemistry and soil science. Dedicated study to the identification of a vast amount of plant materials, trees, turf, grass, herbaceous perennials, woody shrubs, vines and row crops that are relevant to the climates of North America. Their care culture, common pests and disease, diagnosis and treatment and eradication methods. Ornamental landscape horticulture studies included elective and required coursework in Architecture, Art History, Plant Propagation, Botany and Plant Biology.
During my education I understudied several local gardeners of the Southern Tradition, where I worked in the soil with antique varieties, heirloom perennials and roses, as well as the the cultural traditions of the cottage gardener. It was at this time that my eye for pruning began to develop, and along with design and installation is now something of a specialty for me.