Our People

Mary Butler grew up in the English countryside surrounded by vegetables, perennial gardens, dogs, ducks and geese. She moved from England to study at Harvard and then worked as a professional photographer, in the movie industry as a producer and casting director, and then as a writer and editor for magazines on both sides of the Atlantic.

She started designing and planting vegetable and perennial gardens in 1992. She landscaped and installed the vegetable gardens at Blue Elephant Farm in 2007 and has worked at the farm ever since. She has studied horticulture at Swarthmore, Longwood Gardens and the Barnes Foundation but attributes most of her gardening education to her parents––gardening after school and on weekends, harvesting vegetables and cooking as a child (although often resented at the time), instilled a deep passion for gardening and has led to a kitchen crammed with cookbooks and a tendency to have soil under her fingernails.

Behind the scenes we have barn managers, a large team of talented gardeners, animal husbandry experts, grooms and a revolving kaleidoscope of interns who help us out seasonally and often return for years.