Thanks for stopping by! I’m Andrea, owner of Contained Gardens, creator of beautiful flower planters for outdoor spaces.  I create beauty for those who appreciate a colorful, welcoming, natural, outdoor environment.

The Background Story

I was born and raised in California, on a dairy no less! I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Dairy Science and minors in Agriculture Communications and Agriculture Business. After college I worked in the dairy industry doing advertising and public relations. I always enjoyed being outside, especially planting flowers (a wonderful trait I got from my grandmother and mom). My college roommates made fun of me for spending my weekends at garden centers and planting everything under the sun in our teeny tiny backyard.

My Passion

My passion for flowers became reality after leaving my office job and returning to school for a Horticulture degree.  The seed was planted and Contained Gardens blossomed in 2001. The office job was a thing of the past and dirt under my nails was the new manicured look!  Contained Gardens has evolved over the past 16 years but the core has never changed, creating color in any place.  Specializing in seasonal outdoor living flower arrangements in planters, landscape beds and for special events. I cultivate beauty for residential and commercial clients in West Michigan and gladly travel to other locations.

What Inspires Me

Sunshine, Flowers, Traveling, Coffee, Great Food and Chocolate

Real Life

I’m married to a Michigan dairy farmer who was able to convince this California girl to endure the Michigan winters for the past 20 years. We have two adventurous boys that keep us young and on our toes!  The view from my kitchen window is graced by Holstein cows, rolling hills and of course flowers!

When I’m not out playing in the dirt, I might be

Cooking, entertaining or dreaming up the next party idea

Planning the next travel adventure

On the hunt for a great restaurant

Crocheting or knitting cute things for sweet babies

Enjoying a gin based cocktail

Laying by the pool or on a beach (with that gin based cocktail in one hand and a good book in the other hand)


I hope taking a look around the blog creates some sunshine in your day!
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